What in the world happened to MySpace? Did Robert Murdoch make a bad investment when he purchased MySpace for 580 million dollars in 2005? At one point, people were referring to MySpace as a potential Google killer. Wow – how fast things change.
I never had a MySpace account but dabbled with Q Cafe’s MySpace account and wasn’t impressed. But recents news [shared below] via the Guardian UK is not news to anyone, right? MySpace – Web 2.0’s darling a few years ago is now less than half the size of it’s younger rival, Facebook, and now officically in decline.
So, here are my questions in an attempt to better understand the fast changing aspect of social media and post Web 2.0.
What happened to MySpace? Will it be around 5 years from now?
We all know that businesses come and go; New trends come and go. But in light of our incredibly fast changing world especially via technology, new trends emerge fast and quick and just in that same manner, they can potentially go away pretty quickly. Remember some of the Dot Com Darlings?
What’s the lesson here?
Not sure but makes me think we shouldn’t get too married to Facebook. Everyone’s thinking of the next big thing.
Here’s the article:
The “Place for Friends” is starting to feel lonely. MySpace, the Rupert Murdoch-owned website once synonymous with social networking, is losing popularity and key staff in its biggest troubles since launching five years ago.
Latest figures show that Murdoch is being beaten in the fight for social networks. MySpace suffered a drop in visitor traffic last month and is now less than half the size of its younger rival, Facebook. Three executives recently quit the one-time darling of the internet and there is speculation its co-founders will follow.
MySpace’s loss of status as the cool place to be is an object lesson in the notoriously fickle internet, where today’s cultural icon is tomorrow’s passing fad. From humble origins in 2003, the site led the so-called “Web 2.0” revolution in which users could create their own profile pages and share content with friends. Murdoch’s purchase of MySpace for $580m was seen as a masterstroke as membership continued to soar, with celebrities and politicians joining the craze.
But then came Facebook, founded by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, which soon snowballed with an older and apparently more affluent demographic to steal MySpace’s crown. Gradually newspaper coverage of social networks switched from references to “MySpace and Facebook” to “Facebook and MySpace”. The rise of Bebo also undermined MySpace’s dominance, while Twitter is among the latest novelties eating into users’ attention spans.
MySpace had 124 million monthly unique visitors last month, a decline of 2%, according to the marketing research company comScore. Facebook, by contrast, racked up 276 million unique visitors, an increase of 16.6%.
Michael Arrington, co-editor of the influential industry blog TechCrunch, posted: “What was a bad situation in November 2008 is starting to turn outright ugly – Facebook is now well over twice the size of MySpace … It was less than a year ago that MySpace and Facebook were the same size.”
There are clues behind the scenes that all is not well at Murdoch’s Fox Interactive Media, which runs the site.
Amit Kapur, MySpace’s chief operating officer, resigned after little more than a year in the post to set up a new company. He will be joined by Jim Benedetto and Steve Pearman, senior vice-presidents of engineering and product strategy.
The exodus comes amid speculation of further departures and rumours that MySpace’s co-founders, Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson, could also walk away in October after the end of their contracts, each worth $30m over two years.
MySpace is clinging on to a marginal lead over Facebook in America but trails badly in Europe. In Britain, Facebook overtook its competitor in September 2007, the comScore data shows.
Nick Thomas, an analyst at Forrester Research, said: “In the last 12 months Facebook has extended its dominance in every territory in Europe.” However, he added: “I’m not convinced that it’s terminal for MySpace. The battle isn’t over yet.”