Facebook is Hot; Myspace is Not-Why?

I think that sooner or later, Facebook will no longer be free. If they start charging for their service, will people jump ship?
I wonder how many people are paying for the “upgraded” versions of LinkedIn now?

Yes, because while the people I grew up with are on Facebook, the people who are like me are on Tumblr.

wince And I came into this thread specifically to complain about the sudden popularity of Tumblr. It’s possible that you and your friends have wonderfully designed pages - I’ve seen a few. But the vast majority are ugly (sparkles!), annoying (cursors!), and make it almost impossible to follow a conversation. A.K.A., sort of like MySpace, or exactly like GeoCities circa 2002. If nothing else, they need to get rid of the music autoplay. Dear god, please please PLEASE PLEASE get rid of the autoplay. PLEASE.

WTF? I’ve been on Tumblr for like a year and never had an autoplay ever.

Note to Mark Zuckerberg: if you want to shift the value of facebook from 100 billion down to zero dollars (for tax purposes or whatever) - just start charging.
Absolutely no way they start charging end-users when competitors are literally a click away and their entire user base could migrate in a matter of days/weeks (assuming there was computing infrastructure in place at the destination). They are already losing teenagers to twitter, no way they would speed up that process.

Yeah, FB always seemed cleaner, simpler and less of everything that MySpace is/was.

I think a clincher was how easy it was to organize an event on FB. A good chunk of people felt left out of an event and/or could only find out about an event (reunion) on Facebook. It’s that kid of thing that works, because of the real names of people being used. People got on FB because of an event/reunion, and then reunions got broader, faster, bigger and more commonplace. We’ve had neighborhood reunions, street reunions, and reunions of people who went to certain clubs on certain nights!

I think this pushed it beyond the demographic that is/was MySpace. Once you get the 30-45 year old on board, you got the demographic to make it grow.


The only value Facebook has is that everyone is already on Facebook. If people stop using Facebook, then it becomes worthless.

There is absolutely no way Facebook is going to charge people to use the service. That would make as much sense as a newspaper that charged you extra to view the ads. Facebook is a giant advertising data collection machine, they make money not from the users but from the people who want access to the users.

It’s roughly a third of the time for me. J-Pop and K-Pop fans seem to be the biggest violators (and I’m not even in either fandom, I just seem to get linked to them a lot), but it’s everywhere.

I don’t understand people comparing Facebook and Tumblr. Tumblr to me looks like a place to make a webpage and a place to take comments. Tumblr is more like Gaia or Deviantart or some other places I can’t remember that would let you ask people questions. I see no sign it’s trying to be a social networking site.

And that’s good, because if it were a social networking site, the one it most resembles is MySpace. As this thread points out, there already is something that works better.

BTW, another thing Facebook had was pushing the games. Facebook had them well before MySpace. Think about how hard it was to find free online games before Facebook. Even though I don’t necessarily like the actual offerings, I have to applaud Facebook for making free games more ubiquitous.

Me neither. Isn’t Tumblr a blogging/photo-posting site? I’ve only looked at a dozen or so Tumblr pages but that’s what they seemed to be.

MySpace had a history of being a lot slower to browse than F’book likely due to the fancy background graphics on custom pages. I’m not certain how true that’s been in the past four years, however, since I’ve long ignored both. I dislike both sites.

For musicians like me, BandCamp is far better for posting music.

I think Bandcamp is great but it doesn’t really replace the whole function myspace once had. I want a clean, simple, myspace 2.0. :slight_smile:

As a former Myspace employee, I got some dirt on a possible cause. Simply, pre-2010, all effort was put into keeping the website going, with zero effort at analytics. In fact, the Analytics dept. into which I was hired, didn’t exist until 6 months before I was hired. It was explained to me that they didn’t even keep stats on user login times, clickthrus, # of friends, influential friend activity, subject matter expert patterns, etc. (these are some common metrics to gauge user activity, and overall success of a site). By the time they got around to it, Facebook was hot, Myspace not. Not even massive layoffs & Justin Timberlake owning most of the company could turn it around - yet. I note that the site is up, and I’ve gotten 3 Myspace friend requests this year. But barring any major fuckup by Facebook, loox like Myspace has gone the way of the Ford Pinto.

corcaigh-1 clue I used when I first joined to figure out if it’s the right person is if we had numerous mutual friends.