I Love the 00’s: Myspace
Posted by JP Feed
In the days when social networking was still in its infancy, only a handful of websites provided services to internet surfers seeking a connection to others from the comfort of the living room. Myspace was the frontrunner for this cyber craze that has since hit waves upon waves of people who use the internet. At the time in the beginning of the new millennium, conversing through computers was a constantly changing platform of technology with the surface of programs like AIM, Napster, and Friendster. Everyone competed constantly to offer the next big thing in social networking that was unseen anywhere else. Enter Myspace. This new website which debuted in mid-2003 (it seems like ages ago) offered a new friendly interface unseen anywhere else. Myspace capitalized on the profile and friend aspects of social networking, establishing seamless connections to friends and family while also giving room to the user for customization options (which is still setting an example to this day). Excuse the parentheses but this post is chalk full of stuff that needs to be somewhat contained. The arrival of Myspace is a good indicator to the time when people really started taking the internet seriously as far as a means for entertainment. Teens started making plans and posting pictures digitally, users obtained phone numbers without ever meeting face-to-face, and friendships started and ended over the actions on a keyboard. Myspace helped usher in a new digital era that has today been galloping along furiously and in ever-changing directions. While its lack of adaptation and innovation in changing times has helped bring along its downfall, Myspace will still always be remembered as the first big social networking dinosaur that has been the forerunner to a league of new internet services.