Recently I told you about obtaining a MySpace page. I figured I would share my thoughts since I’ve now had it for a couple of weeks. First of all, it has done more to help me connect with old friends in a short two weeks than having my own domain has done in two years. Unfortunately, folks just don’t think about looking for you on Google. I can’t blame them. I didn’t think of looking for some of the folks I found there that way. However, it is fairly easy to look through folks attached to your old high school and go, “I remember that person!” then ask to be friended.
Up until I got a MySpace, I heard from exactly one person who found my blog looking for graduates of Warner Robins High, class of 1990. After I got a MySpace, I found three folks I went to high school with. I had a nice long e-conversation with an old classmate named Lisa. I was silently friended by a girl who I was best friends with my senior year (I say silent because I haven’t had a response to my “hello” message, nor did she exactly accept my friend request; instead she sent me one, which I accepted). I also found a friend of mine from Anaheim High before I moved to Georgia. I was also immediately found by two online buddies since my Diaryland days — Dana and Crankydragon. Just this evening I found an elementary school friend I’d been trying to find for years on Google.
I have figured something out — those guys who run MySpace are geniuses. They realized that a lot of people would set up something like a MySpace page when they might feel intimidated by even a Blogspot or LiveJournal. It seems like a lot of people who have MySpaces don’t even use the blog feature. I didn’t intend to, but I found I couldn’t let it sit dormant. I post just quizzes and stuff there that I feel are too trivial to waste space here.
As of right now, I don’t have any intentions of “pimping out” my MySpace. There seems to be no end to seizure-inducing backgrounds, and I don’t believe I’ll add to them. I did choose a tune by the Lost Boys, but I suppose that’s as fancy as I’ll get. I can get my creative layout groove on here on the domain I actually pay for, right? In the immortal words of Cranky on her MySpace blog,
I guess I could post here. I mean, though, why bother? I own my own domain, and it has been royally neglected since the little parasite was born. If I actually post something here, crankydragon.net might get all pissy and come over here and kick some myspace ass.
Frankly, I want to see the crankydragon.net/crankydragon myspace smackdown.
Anyway, I don’t see it replacing my blogs — any of them — but for social networking, which is how MySpace bills itself — I have to say it’s pretty good (despite frequent server hiccups).