MySpace is a social media networking site that was prominent before the popularization of today’s giant platforms.
MySpace co-founder’s reply to Musk’s stepping down as CEO tweet poll has gone viral and people are widely discussing the new possibilities for MySpace and Tom Anderson, the co-founder.
Is MySpace, The Godfather Of All Social Networking Sites About To Make A Comeback?
MySpace, launched in 2003 is a social networking site that serves as a platform that lets its users share images, blogs, music, film recommendations, and such. Initially, it started as a platform exclusively for musicians and then got popularized.
MySpace still exists with a lesser number of loyal users but it has been little on the media due to the overtaking of other giants such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
In an era where free speech is getting restricted, privacy no more exists, and others changing policies back to back overnight, is MySpace preparing for a huge leap ahead?
All the discussions began when Tom Anderson, the co-founder replied to the recent controversial tweet of Elon Musk.
On December 19, Elon Musk, the current CEO of Twitter launched a Twitter poll in which he asked the audience whether he should step down from the position or not.
To which Anderson replied that depends on who you get to run it with an exclamation mark and thinking emoji. Musk had said that he would abide by the result of the poll and that as of now he does not have the name of a successor in his mind.
Shortly afterward the tweet Tom Anderson people started hailing for the comeback of MySpace. Reportedly from the tweets available from a group of users it was transparently visible that people have been tired of the new modifications and policy changes happening all over the social media networking sites.
Some accounts were hailing to make Tom Anderson as the new CEO of Twitter.
MySpace: Origin & History
MySpace was launched in 2003 by a group of internet entrepreneurs including Brad Greenspan, Chris DeWolfe, Josh Berman, Tom Anderson, and Jon Hart. It was initially owned by eUniverse, a U.S. internet marketing company.
Within a month of the online launch, the platform witnessed the signing up of above one million people. In the time of a year, the number grew up to reach a number of 5 million signed-up users.
From the period starting from 2005, the networking company grew up by making major purchases, acquisitions and mergers. One of the first such purchases was of News Corporation for a deal of 580 million USD. The company also had an annual hike of 16 million users.
In 2006 MySpace created history by overtaking Yahoo! and Google Search and became the most visited website in the United States of America. MySpace overtook Yahoo! By registering 320,000 users in a single day.
In a June report that came out the platform was ranked as the one for creating approximately 80 percent of the total social media traffic of the nation.
Later in the same year, an announcement for the U.K. version of the platform was made.
MySpace On Popular Culture
MySpace started its journey as a place exclusively for musicians and artists. It was a platform through which growing musicians could connect with each other, fans could communicate with artists, and vice-versa, and lesser-known artists make connections to work together and collaborate.
The platform has grown many musicians. MySpace is still a name that musicians cannot forget.
MySpace later emerged as a networking site for sharing images and writings. There was an option to connect with other users. MySpace also features content such as articles and blogs.
People have made film recommendations and discussions about movies and shows. It served as a connecting platform for the so-called intellectuals.
In 2008 the platform was restructured. Exclusive features for different categories appeared in the new version. The designs were not changed since the first design in 2003. In the new design, there were innovative features alone for the pages that were dedicated to music.
Staying consistent was a specialized feature of the platform, but the consistency in designs and structures made MySpace fall behind in its competition with its contemporaries. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter took the competition seriously and soared above with new tools and more options.
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In 2008 at the peak of competition between MySpace and Facebook both acquired 115 million unique global visitors every month and MySpace still managed to top the U.S. alone. In the last month of 2008 alone, MySpace had a traffic of 75.9 million unique visitors.
In an attempt to restructure the user-friendly tools, MySpace launched a massive layoff. In the records that came out in 2011, it was reported that the number of site visitors had dropped to 63 million.
What Is MySpace Now?
MySpace now serves as a platform that has almost all the features available in many other social media networking giants. The public tweet of Tom Anderson might be a hint at something loading and people are looking forward to knowing what it is.
Now MySpace is owned by Viant Technology LLC. The service is available in 14 languages with about 150 employees.
Tim Vanderhook serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), while Chris Vanderhook is the Chief Operations Officer (COO). Earlier in 2009 singer Justin Timberlake with Specific Media Group had made a combined purchase of the platform for about 35 million USD.
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