MySpace Collapsing

by MilesT 47 replies
MySpace is clearly hurting.

Yesterday i received this email from them ....

We've missed you at Myspace lately. Plain and simple, we think you should come back. And here's why:

The new Myspace provides the best social entertainment experience on Earth.

You can now follow your favorite topics in music, movies, celebs, and TV and get instant updates from around the web.

The new Myspace gives you custom recommendations so you can discover more of what you love and connect with new like-minded friends.


Today, a handy dandy chart goes out showing where they stand today vs a year ago...



Down 30 million users in 12 months is generally bad, by most standards. Like mine.

Are any of you still using this outlet for marketing? I think its time we put a headstone on MySpace, call a priest and move on.

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#main internet marketing discussion forum #collapsing #myspace
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
    They laid off half their employees last month.

    MySpace to Lay Off More than Half of Its Employees [REPORT]
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    • Profile picture of the author pringrod
      Facebook and Twitter took the biscuits off them!! and if Facebook don't stay on the ball something else will come out of the blue and do the same to them!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author sim22
    lol they're all using Facebook
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  • Profile picture of the author spectrecom
    I think you're absolutely right, it's on it's last legs. I amazed that it has managed to hold on for so long. It's horribly clunky and old fashioned too.

    I used it for a about 5 minutes once and realised very quickly, I didn't want to be wasting my time.

    Still at one point, like Facebook today, it was huge. Could FB make the same mistake?
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I guess that Twitter is also losing its power. It’s not everyone’s favorite social networking site like it was 2 years ago. Twitter has too many spammers. Everyone there is a seller promoting something.

    Now I open my page and I see many people I don’t know because I felt obliged to follow many people who were following me (like everybody else) and now there is nothing interesting for me there. I simply post my article’s links and I close the page. In the past I used to really follow a few people’s posts, but now I can’t find them among so many new followers I started supposedly following too, and I have no time or disposition to look for anyone.

    I believe that only Facebook always survives because it’s a social networking site that protects its users from spam.
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    • Profile picture of the author MilesT
      Originally Posted by clever7 View Post

      I guess that Twitter is also losing its power. It’s not everyone’s favorite social networking site like it was 2 years ago. Twitter has too many spammers. Everyone there is a seller promoting something.

      Now I open my page and I see many people I don’t know because I felt obliged to follow many people who were following me (like everybody else) and now there is nothing interesting for me there. I simply post my article’s links and I close the page. In the past I used to really follow a few people’s posts, but now I can’t find them among so many new followers I started supposedly following too, and I have no time or disposition to look for anyone.

      I believe that only Facebook always survives because it’s a social networking site that protects its users from spam.
      Actually, Twitter is better than ever, more valuable than anyone realized, and becoming the de facto standard for the worlds most important news and insider information. I too was down on twitter for a while, but careful following and pushing quality info makes a big difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author James B. Allen
    MySpace Collapsing

    When I saw this subject line, my first thought was, "who just bumped a two-year-old thread?"

    Kind of makes you wonder how fast Facebook might disappear too...
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
    If there was another "new" site out there with 45 million users, an Alexa traffic rank of 62 worldwide (36 USA), and just about ignored by most marketers we would be seeing WSO's on how to cash in on this "secret and untapped" market.

    Maybe now it's time to get in there and clean up when every other IM'er is on Facebook. Hmm.

    I doubt Rupert Murdoch will keep it along much longer though.
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    • Profile picture of the author wilsonm
      I believe MySpace is owned by the people behind AOL? These guys have a habit of buying goods which end up going down the drain.
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      • Profile picture of the author SeanMichael
        Originally Posted by wilsonm View Post

        I believe MySpace is owned by the people behind AOL? These guys have a habit of buying goods which end up going down the drain.
        MySpace was bought by News Corps. - it was run under the Fox Interactive Media umbrella until that was dissolved.
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  • Profile picture of the author rbaartz
    The only way these things survive is by continuing to grow. If you're not growing you're dying.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gunedat
    Kinda parallels Yahoo and Google, don't you think? But Yahoo is still alive and kicking, hopefully myspace can find a way to be relevant.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    What's MySpace?

    RoD
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
      Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

      What's MySpace?

      RoD
      Rod, Look in the mirror. See that spot where you pour in the coffee?
      All Yours!

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      • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
        Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

        Rod, Look in the mirror. See that spot where you pour in the coffee?
        All Yours!

        Have a Great Day!
        Michael
        Ah ok. There it is. Thank you Michael.

        RoD
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  • Profile picture of the author jeremysteam
    haha its so funny I logged onto my myspace just this morning to see What was going on, I was lost! Didn't know what in the world I was doing, then I started getting a TON of emails from them. Its a way of the past, too clutter and it loads extremely slow
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    Myspace is old news for sure... I stopped using my account a year or so ago. Facebook is the new trend until another pops up
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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      I didn't realize 45 million monthly visitors was the same as zero daily visitors. Perspective, people.

      From an end user's point of view though, I have never understood the appeal of Myspace. Ugly, clunky, not user friendly, slow, browser conflicts, etc, etc ,etc. Basically, it is/was a nightmare.
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      • Profile picture of the author tpw
        Originally Posted by Colin Palfrey View Post

        Bill,

        That means you get half a million views a month, which gives you significantly more influence than most politicians lol

        However, those views are targeted to just you, whereas the 40 million on Myspace are spread over a huge number of accounts, and are mostly people just checking their own blogs.

        Statistically I would say that Bill's space actually has more infuence than Myspace, which is funny on many levels.

        Cheers,
        Colin Palfrey

        Edit: Clearly I didn't see you said "per year," and that is my cue to go to sleep.

        Haha, now I don't have to correct you with your edit in place...


        Originally Posted by Black Hat Cat View Post

        I didn't realize 45 million monthly visitors was the same as zero daily visitors. Perspective, people.

        Exactly... That is still a ton of traffic...
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
          Originally Posted by tpw View Post

          Exactly... That is still a ton of traffic...
          How much does a visitor weigh?
          500000 visitors a month divided by 2000lbs(1 ton) = 250lbs each visitor!

          Damn, I need to get into the diet niche!

          I forgot what I was actually gong to post.

          Have a Great Day!
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    40 million users a month is still more than 80x what I see in one year or 960x more than I see in a month...

    So how do you figure it is time to throw in the towel and walk away?

    LOL

    If I had an account there, I'd be happy taking up your slack...

    By most standard, down by nearly 50% is bad, but it looks to me to still be a worthy source of traffic if you can figure out how to get some of it for yourself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      40 million users a month is still more than 80x what I see in one year or 960x more than I see in a month...

      So how do you figure it is time to throw in the towel and walk away?

      LOL

      If I had an account there, I'd be happy taking up your slack...

      By most standard, down by nearly 50% is bad, but it looks to me to still be a worthy source of traffic if you can figure out how to get some of it for yourself.
      Bill,

      That means you get half a million views a month, which gives you significantly more influence than most politicians lol

      However, those views are targeted to just you, whereas the 40 million on Myspace are spread over a huge number of accounts, and are mostly people just checking their own blogs.

      Statistically I would say that Bill's space actually has more infuence than Myspace, which is funny on many levels.

      Cheers,
      Colin Palfrey

      Edit: Clearly I didn't see you said "per year," and that is my cue to go to sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author kianhowe
    Myspace would probably evolve into something else. If they do not evolve they would just die off..the theory of evolution lol
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    • Profile picture of the author genietoast
      Facebook, My Space, Twitter...

      And Email Marketing is still going strong. Nothing like an oldie but goodie.
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    Yup, everyone went to Facebook. One had to win and we already know who did :-P
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  • Profile picture of the author MilesT
    ok, so lets say you get 90% of 40 million users. Having 35 million Jr Highers will net you about $9.95 a year, plus marketing expenses. So sure the number sounds impressive, but the MySpace audience is mostly a bunch of kids looking for their next free Justin Bieber poster.
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  • Profile picture of the author ServiceSolutions
    Partly I think some of the decline to MySpace is due to the new layout which lags computers and people really don't want to deal with it. I used to be a big fan of MySpace but after the layout change I can't even get on without a wait time of 5 minutes or more just because the "new features". Because of the creators brilliant idea to improve the social community he actually down graded and screwed up reliability.
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    • Profile picture of the author King Louie
      I predict Myspace will go to the web hosting business...
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    Myspace is SO 2005...
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Gehr
    The growth of FB indicates what people want, and how they like it.

    IMHO MySpace can be cumbersome to use, and when I first joined I found it too much work and too fiddly to set things up.

    The stats shared by various ones on this page reveal that MySpace will be a thing of the past and going fast compared to FB--although I must admit, it's not so easy to post music on FB at the moment, but I'm sure that will change soon.
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    what is this???????????
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  • Profile picture of the author hotlinkz
    They missed a lot of innovative opportunities. Too bad their CEO wasn't more of a visionary.
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    • Profile picture of the author snginnovations
      Originally Posted by hotlinkz View Post

      They missed a lot of innovative opportunities. Too bad their CEO wasn't more of a visionary.
      What do you all think was the real downfall?

      For me I think it was two things:
      - Facebook Apps
      - What seemed to be innovative in letting users design their own pages, turned out to be highly annoying and made Facebook feel calmer and more appealing...

      Maybe I don't want to listen to my old high school buddy's favorite song when I've got grooveshark in the background playing my favorite tunes!
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  • Profile picture of the author VOnline
    MySpace started to die out and did die out a couple years back.
    Those 30 million+ prob all converted to Facebook. And prob a good percentage of the 45 million+ have a Facebook as well.

    Considering that all the unique visitors have an account.
    Facebook took over; the end.

    BTW; do you happen to have a chart including years back? Interested to see which year(s) they prospected the most. [Probably before Facebook was introduced]
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    • Profile picture of the author imagetypers
      They are going down and they will find a place with dinosaur soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fred1
    I haven't logged on to myspace in at least a year.

    To me, Facebook & Twitter were much more user friendly than myspace. The guys who sold it were smart to get out when they did!
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    It’s really a big irony. A few years ago MySpace seemed to be invincible.

    I have the impression that Twitter won’t be able to keep a top position for long. Facebook seems to be more resistant because it’s older, it gets more traffic than Google, many sites use Facebook Connect, and it’s a social networking site that protects its users’ privacy.

    However, when Twitter first appeared online and everyone was using it with enthusiasm, Facebook was quite abandoned too.

    Social networking sites have an ephemeral life.
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    • Profile picture of the author MarcusEJC
      It's probably highly likely that Facebook will eventually die. The reality is, things come and go all the time.

      When I think back to when I first got the internet at home in 1998, the things that were popular then - Yahoo Chat and ICQ. I don't think anybody uses them anymore. At the time they were considered revolutionary though.

      Also, anyone remember Usenet Newsgroups? I used them a LOT around 1999-2002, but I haven't been anywhere near one for a very long time.

      Even Google has only been around for 12 years. Who knows where the future really lies for the internet. New technologies will emerge that will completely wipe out most of what we are familiar with now.

      You have to remember, just how far the internet has come in such a short time. How far is it going to go in the next 20 years? Things will probably be very different.

      There are probably kids growing up now, that think that Facebook is just normal, the same way I grew up thinking landline telephones and VHS video cassettes were normal.

      Whatever you think is standard now, will be obsolete in only a few years time.

      If Facebook doesn't die, it will probably get taken over by another company, and rebranded to something else.

      Maybe one day it will come full circle, and we will all realise that it's actually better just to talk to each other face-to-face...
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Myspace IS going downhill, but they still make your website's traffic look like a zit on an ant's butt...



    Do you ever stop to realize some of the biggest opportunities for you online may be in some of the smaller websites online?

    Yep. Didn't think so... :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    When MySpace and Facebook merge, will it be called MyFace?
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    • I remember a time when you'd suggest to contacts that you should get together via myspace. Now it's all 'what's your FB name?'

      I loved myspace for the music, found some glorious unsigned stuff which I never would have heard without myspace, and it's the bands keeping it going now.

      You can still see some serious ad spend by companies there, that must say something.

      I think it's fascinating - remember Friends Reunited? They were done in by the spectre of charging.
      Imagine Facebook charging users?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      When MySpace and Facebook merge, will it be called MyFace?
      Either that or SpaceBook.

      ~MM~
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketItAll
    Yea I think myspace has been collapsing a while - they had way too mug spam and then Facebook came and took over at the right time - without all of the spam. They just clearly outdid myspace and they did it at the perfect time.
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  • Profile picture of the author morsh
    haven't use myspace, maybe facebook could monopolize it
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  • Profile picture of the author ohwowmart
    Even though Myspace is nearly dead in U.S. It is still fairly popular in Australia and some European countries.
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