Dude, add me to the list of folks who just do not get MySpace.
Yes, I have a profile there, which basically says: I’m only here because people I know are here….
As someone who has worked in the field of design and usability, the site is a complete nightmare. The first time I logged in, I almost fell off my chair. It would give Jakob Nielsen a heart attack. Matt nails it in Myutterconfusionspace. I know the kids love it, and the reason must be because we old folks can’t stand it. But still, I know people my age (or, well, a few years younger) who seem to like it quite a bit.
There’s been talk of MySpace elsewhere as well. Some of the points made were that MySpace is the cool thing right now, and while people who are no longer in their 20’s may actually care about archiving their own stuff on the web permanently (via blog, videoblogs, etc. that they control) the kids only care about today, and never really think about the future.
That last bit is pretty important to some of us. Jay Dedman has this idea of using the web to archive his live, to save those moments for the future so he, and others that know him can look at it, and in the future, look back at it. It’s a great idea, in line with Ourmedia, Archive.org, and what many bloggers are doing. It’s the reason I have archives going back over 8 years here and try really hard not to break that.
Plenty of people believe that MySpace replaced Friendster, and some go as far as to say that Flickr fits into the same category (groups, friends, sharing, etc.) but in the end, I still prefer the independent network created by bloggers. We started this thing in 1997 without any assistance from big sites, just bootstrapping ourselves, and that’s the way I like it. Here’s to the future, in my very own space…