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Myspace

myspace, myspace.com
Myspacecom stylized as myspace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos It is headquartered in Beverly Hills, California

Myspace was acquired by News Corporation in July 2005 for $580 million From 2005 to 2009, Myspace was the largest social networking site in the world, and in June 2006 surpassed Google as the most visited website in the United States In April 2008, Myspace was overtaken by Facebook in the number of unique worldwide visitors, and was surpassed in the number of unique US visitors in May 2009, though Myspace generated $800 million in revenue during the 2008 fiscal year Since then, the number of Myspace users has declined steadily in spite of several redesigns As of October 2016, Myspace was ranked 2,154 by total web traffic, and 1,522 In the United States

Myspace had a significant influence on pop culture and music and created a gaming platform that launched the successes of Zynga and RockYou, among others The site also started the trend of creating unique URLs for companies and artists

In June 2009, Myspace employed approximately 1,600 employees In June 2011, Specific Media Group and Justin Timberlake jointly purchased the company for approximately $35 million Under new ownership, the company had undergone several rounds of layoffs and by June 2011, Myspace had reduced its staff to around 200

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 11 2003–05: Beginnings
    • 12 2005–08: Rise and purchase by News Corp
    • 13 2008–11: Decline and sale by News Corp
    • 14 2013: Relaunch
    • 15 2016: Purchase by Time Inc
  • 2 Features
    • 21 Music
    • 22 Redesigns
      • 221 Past redesigns
  • 3 Corporate information
    • 31 International versions
    • 32 MySpace Developer Platform MDP
    • 33 Myspace server infrastructure
    • 34 Revenue model
    • 35 Acquisition of Imeem
  • 4 Mobile application
    • 41 Availability
    • 42 Filters
    • 43 Radio
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 Further reading
  • 8 External links

History

2003–05: Beginnings

Fox Interactive Media headquarters, 407 North Maple Drive, Beverly Hills, California, where Myspace is also housed

In August 2003, several eUniverse employees with Friendster accounts saw potential in its social networking features The group decided to mimic the more popular features of the website Within 10 days, the first version of Myspace was ready for launch, implemented using ColdFusion A complete infrastructure of finance, human resources, technical expertise, bandwidth, and server capacity was available for the site The project was overseen by Brad Greenspan eUniverse's Founder, Chairman, CEO, who managed Chris DeWolfe MySpace's starting CEO, Josh Berman, Tom Anderson MySpace's starting president, and a team of programmers and resources provided by eUniverse

The first Myspace users were eUniverse employees The company held contests to see who could sign up the most users eUniverse used its 20 million users and e-mail subscribers to breathe life into Myspace, and move it to the head of the pack of social networking websites A key architect was tech expert Toan Nguyen who helped stabilize the Myspace platform when Brad Greenspan asked him to join the team Co-founder and CTO Aber Whitcomb played an integral role in software architecture, utilizing the then superior development speed of ColdFusion over other dynamic database driven server-side languages of the time Despite over ten times the number of developers, Friendster, which was developed in JavaServer Pages jsp, could not keep up with the speed of development of Myspace and cfm

Logo from 2004 until 2010

The MySpacecom domain was originally owned by YourZcom, Inc, intended until 2002 for use as an online data storage and sharing site By 2004, it was transitioned from a file storage service to a social networking site A friend, who also worked in the data storage business, reminded Chris DeWolfe that he had earlier bought the domain MySpacecom DeWolfe suggested they charge a fee for the basic Myspace service Brad Greenspan nixed the idea, believing that keeping Myspace free was necessary to make it a successful community

2005–08: Rise and purchase by News Corp

Myspace quickly gained popularity among teenage and young adult social groups In February 2005, DeWolfe held talks with Mark Zuckerberg over acquiring Facebook but DeWolfe rejected Zuckerberg's $75 million asking price

Some employees of Myspace, including DeWolfe and Berman, were able to purchase equity in the property before MySpace and its parent company eUniverse now renamed Intermix Media was bought In July 2005, in one of the company's first major Internet purchases, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation the parent company of Fox Broadcasting and other media enterprises purchased Myspace for US$580 million News Corporation had beat out Viacom by offering a higher price for the website, and the purchase was seen as a good investment at the time Of the $580 million purchase price, approximately $327 million has been attributed to the value of Myspace according to the financial adviser fairness opinion Within a year, Myspace had tripled in value from its purchase price News Corporation saw the purchase as a way to capitalize on Internet advertising, and drive traffic to other News Corporation properties

After losing the bidding war for Myspace, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone stunned the entertainment industry in September 2006 when he fired Tom Freston from the position of CEO Redstone believed that the failure to acquire MySpace contributed to the 20% drop in Viacom's stock price in 2006 up to the date of Freston's ouster Freston's successor as CEO, Philippe Dauman, was quoted as saying "never, ever let another competitor beat us to the trophy" Redstone told interviewer Charlie Rose that losing MySpace had been "humiliating", adding, "MySpace was sitting there for the taking for $500 million" Myspace was sold in 2012 by News Corp for $35 million

Oxfam America President Raymond C Offenheiser, Wendi Deng, and Rupert Murdoch with Myspace co-founders Anderson and DeWolfe at the 2006 Oxfam/Myspace Rock for Darfur event

In January 2006, Fox announced plans to launch a UK version of Myspace in a bid to "tap into the UK music scene", which they did They released a version in China and launched similar versions in other countries

The 100 millionth account was created on August 9, 2006, in the Netherlands

On November 1, 2007, Myspace and Bebo joined the Google-led OpenSocial alliance, which already included Friendster, Hi5, LinkedIn, Plaxo, Ning and Six Apart OpenSocial was to promote a common set of standards for software developers to write programs for social networks Facebook remained independent Google had been unsuccessful in building its own social networking site Orkut in the US market and was using the alliance to present a counterweight to Facebook

By late 2007 and into 2008, Myspace was considered the leading social networking site, and consistently beat out main competitor Facebook in traffic Initially, the emergence of Facebook did little to diminish Myspace's popularity; at the time, Facebook was targeted only at college students At its peak, when News Corp attempted to merge it with Yahoo! in 2007, Myspace was valued at $12 billion

2008–11: Decline and sale by News Corp

On April 19, 2008, Facebook overtook Myspace in the Alexa rankings Since then, Myspace has seen a continuing loss of membership, and there are several suggestions for its demise, including the fact that it stuck to a "portal strategy" of building an audience around entertainment and music, whereas Facebook and Twitter continually launched new features to improve the social-networking experience

Marvin L Gittelman suggested that the $900 million three-year advertisement deal with Google, while being a short-term cash windfall, was a handicap in the long run That deal required Myspace to place even more ads on its already heavily advertised space, which made the site slow, more difficult to use, and less flexible Myspace could not experiment with its own site without forfeiting revenue, while rival Facebook was rolling out a new clean site design MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe reported that he had to push back against Fox Interactive Media's sales team who monetized the site without regard to user experience

While Facebook focused on creating a platform that allowed outside developers to build new applications, Myspace built everything in-house Shawn Gold, Myspace's former head of marketing and content, said "Myspace went too wide and not deep enough in its product development We went with a lot of products that were shallow and not the best products in the world" The products division had introduced many features communication tools such as instant messaging, a classifieds program, a video player, a music player, a virtual karaoke machine, a self-serve advertising platform, profile-editing tools, security systems, privacy filters, and Myspace book lists, among others However, the features were often buggy and slow as there was insufficient testing, measuring, and iterating

Danah Boyd, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, noted of social networking websites that Myspace and others were a very peculiar business—one in which companies might serially rise, fall, and disappear, as "Influential peers pull others in on the climb up—and signal to flee when it's time to get out" The volatility of social networks was exemplified in 2006 when Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal launched an investigation into children's exposure to pornography on Myspace; the resulting media frenzy and Myspace's inability to build an effective spam filter gave the site a reputation as a "vortex of perversion" Around that time, specialized social media companies such as Twitter formed and began targeting Myspace users, while Facebook rolled out communication tools which were seen as safe in comparison to Myspace Boyd compared the shift of white, middle-class kids from the "seedy" Myspace to the "supposedly safer haven" of Facebook, to the "white flight" from American cities; the perception of Myspace eventually drove advertisers away as well In addition, Myspace had particular problems with vandalism, phishing, malware and spam which it failed to curtail, making the site seem inhospitable

These have been cited as factors why users, who as teenagers were Myspace's strongest audience in 2006 and 2016, had been migrating to Facebook Facebook, which started strong with the 18-to-24 group mostly college students, has been much more successful than Myspace at attracting elderly men

Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch was said to be frustrated that Myspace never met expectations, as a distribution outlet for Fox studio content, and missing the US$1 billion mark in total revenues That resulted in DeWolfe and Anderson gradually losing their status within Murdoch's inner circle of executives, plus DeWolfe's mentor Peter Chernin, the President and COO of News Corp who was based in Los Angeles, departed the company Former AOL executive Jonathan Miller, who joined News Corp in charge of the digital media business, was in the job for three weeks when he shuffled Myspace's executive team in April 2009 Myspace President Tom Anderson stepped down while Chris DeWolfe was replaced as Myspace CEO by former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta A News Corp meeting in March 2009 over the direction of Myspace was reportedly the catalyst for that management shakeup, with the Google search deal about to expire, the departure of key personnel Myspace's COO, SVP of engineering, and SVP of strategy to form a startup Furthermore, the opening of extravagant new offices around the world was questioned, as rival Facebook did not have similarly expensive expansion plans yet it still attracted international users at a rapid rate The changes to Myspace's executive ranks was followed in June 2009 by a layoff of 375% of its workforce including 30% of its US employees, reducing employees from 1,600 to 1,000

In 2009, around the time that Myspace underwent layoffs and a management shakeup, the site "relied on drastic redesigns as Hail Mary passes to get users back" However this may have backfired for Myspace, as it is noted that users generally disliked interface tweaks on rival Facebook which avoided major site redesigns

Myspace has attempted to redefine itself as a social entertainment website, with more of a focus on music, movies, celebrities, and TV, instead of a social networking website Myspace also developed a linkup with Facebook that would allow musicians and bands to manage their Facebook profiles CEO Mike Jones was quoted as saying that Myspace now is a "complementary offer" to Facebook Inc, which is "not a rival anymore"

In March 2011, market research figures released by comScore suggested that Myspace had lost 10 million users between January and February 2011, and that it had fallen from 95 million to 63 million unique users during the previous twelve months Myspace registered its sharpest audience declines in the month of February 2011, as traffic fell 44% from a year earlier to 377 million unique US visitors Advertisers have been reported as unwilling to commit to long term deals with the site

In late February 2011, News Corp officially put the site up for sale, which was estimated to be worth $50–200 million Losses from last quarter of 2010 were $156 million, over double of the previous year, which dragged down the otherwise strong results of parent News Corp The deadline for bids, May 31, 2011, passed without any above the reserve price of $100 million being submitted It has been said that the rapid deterioration in Myspace's business during the most recent quarter deterred many potential suitors

On June 29, 2011, Myspace announced to label partners and press via email that it had been acquired by Specific Media for an undisclosed sum, rumoured to be a figure as low as $35m CNN reported that Myspace sold for $35 million, and noted that it was "far less than the $580 million News Corp paid for Myspace in 2005" Rupert Murdoch went on to call the Myspace purchase a "huge mistake" Time Magazine compared News Corporation's purchase of Myspace to Time Warner's purchase of AOL – a conglomerate trying to stay ahead of the competition Many former executives have gone onto further success after departing Myspace

2013: Relaunch

On September 24, 2012, Timberlake tweeted a link to a video that featured a redesigned Myspace, dubbed the "new Myspace" Timberlake stated in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that he believed he was "bridging the gap" between artists and their fan bases

On January 15, 2013, the new Myspace entered its publicly accessible open beta phase, featuring written editorial content, radio stations, music mixes and videos Music was streamed through a constant music player located at the bottom of the page, while musicians could track the location of their top fans, who were identified by the number of times they played the artist's music Although the unveiling was purposefully scheduled on the same date as the release of Timberlake's new music single, the event was overshadowed by Facebook's announcement of its "graph search" function on the same day

Christian Parkes, vice-president of global marketing, explained in a May 2013 interview that the redesign was undertaken with brands in mind:

The site is going through this custom process of evolution When you think of shifting perception, it just comes down to trying to do everything right: Do everything right by the artist, by the brands that we work with, and make the right partnerships

Writing for his company blog, digital marketing author Rohit Bhargava identified "5 Things For Marketers To Love About The New Myspace" in a post that was published shortly after the commencement of the open beta phase on January 7 Bhargava was impressed by the redesigned platform in terms of marketing and wrote: "the new Myspace may be more important for brand marketers in 2013 than you think" His list included the horizontal navigation of the new website and the engagement potential for brands The Guardian's Amanda Holpuch was less enthusiastic and concluded "clever design and useful functionalities do not a successful social network make"

The official launch of the new Myspace occurred on June 12, 2013, and included the launch of a corresponding mobile app for the new Myspace, providing users access to streaming radio stations curated by artists and Myspace, as well as personal radio stations created by users themselves The app's social features facilitate connections between users who possess similar interests, and users can also create animated GIF files, which can be shared on Myspace and other social platforms The app was launched on Apple Inc's App Store, while a mobile website was also designed for those users without access to an iOS device The newly designed platform also included new analytics tools for artists to manage their digital presence from a single location, and, at the time of the launch, the Myspace music catalog consisted of over 50 million songs

As part of the discontinuation of the "Classic MySpace" and the launch of the new platform, the user content from the old MySpace was deleted Myspace explained on its website that it would no longer feature "Blogs, Private Messages, Videos, Comments or Posts, Custom background design and Games," acknowledging that "this is upsetting to some" Myspace received a large amount of online complaints from users and eventually locked the primary discussion thread The complaints described the loss of poems and personal notes, photos of dead friends, intimate messages, and games that cost significant amounts of time and money

In July 2013, Myspace revealed its new hires for editorial content: Joseph Patel, previously a producer at Vice, became the vice president of content and "creative," while editors Benjamin Meadows-Ingram Billboard and Monica Herrera Rolling Stone were subsequently recruited by Patel As of October 1, 2013, Myspace said it had 36 million users

2016: Purchase by Time Inc

On February 11, 2016 it was announced that MySpace and its parent company had been bought by Time Inc

Features

Since YouTube's founding in 2005, Myspace users have had the ability to embed YouTube videos in their Myspace profiles Realizing the competitive threat to the new Myspace Videos service, Myspace banned embedded YouTube videos from its user profiles Myspace users widely protested the ban, prompting Myspace to lift the ban shortly thereafter

There were a variety of environments in which users could access Myspace content on their mobile phone American mobile phone provider Helio released a series of mobile phones in early 2006 that could utilize a service known as Myspace Mobile to access and edit one's profile and communicate with, and view the profiles of other members Additionally, UIEvolution and Myspace developed a mobile version of Myspace for a wider range of carriers, including AT&T, Vodafone and Rogers Wireless

Full service classifieds listing offered beginning in August 2006 It has grown by 33 percent in one year since inception Myspace Classifieds was launched right at the same time the site appeared on the internet

MySpace uses an implementation of Telligent Community for its forum system

Music

In late 2003, Fin Leavell encoded his personal music into a Myspace profile, becoming the first Myspace musician

Shortly after Myspace was sold to Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News and 20th Century Fox, in 2005, they launched their own record label, MySpace Records, in an effort to discover unknown talent on Myspace Music Regardless of the artist already being famous or still looking for a break into the industry, artists can upload their songs onto Myspace and have access to millions of people on a daily basis Some well known singers such as Lily Allen, Owl City, Hollywood Undead, Sean Kingston, Arctic Monkeys, and Drop Dead, Gorgeous gained fame through Myspace The availability of music on this website continues to develop, largely driven by young talent Over eight million artists have been discovered by Myspace and many more continue to be discovered daily In late 2007, the site launched The MySpace Transmissions, a series of live-in-studio recordings by well-known artists

Redesigns

Past redesigns

On March 10, 2010, Myspace added some new features, like a recommendation engine for new users which suggests games, music and videos based on their previous search habits The security on Myspace was also accounted to, with the criticism of Facebook, to make it a safer site The security of Myspace enables users to choose if the content could be viewed for Friends Only, 18 and older, or Everyone The website will also release several mobile micro applications for Myspace gamers besides sending them games alerts The site may release 20 to 30 micro apps and go mobile in 2011

In October 2010, Myspace introduced a beta version of a new site design on a limited scale, with plans to switch all interested users to the new site in late November Chief executive Mike Jones said the site is no longer competing with Facebook as a general social networking site Instead, Myspace would be music-oriented and would target younger people Jones believed most younger users would continue to use the site after the redesign, though older users might not The goal of the redesign is to increase the number of Myspace users and how long they spend there On October 26, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield said, "Most investors have written off MySpace now", and he was unsure whether the changes would help the company recover

In November 2010, MySpace changed its logo to coincide with the new site design The word "my" appears in the Helvetica font, followed by a symbol representing a space The logo change was announced on October 8, 2010 and appeared on the site on November 11, 2010 Also that month, MySpace integrated with Facebook Connect – calling it "Mash Up with Facebook" in an announcement widely seen as the final act of acknowledging Facebook's domination of the social networking industry

In January 2011, it was announced that the Myspace staff would be reduced by 47% Despite the new design, user adoption continued to decrease

In September 2012, a new redesign was announced but no date given making Myspace more visual and apparently optimized for tablets

By April 2013 presumably before, users were able to transfer over to the new Myspace redesign

Corporate information

International versions

Since early 2006, Myspace has offered the option to access the service in different regional versions The alternative regional versions present automated content according to locality eg, UK users see other UK users as "Cool New People", and UK-oriented events and adverts, etc, offer local languages other than English, or accommodate the regional differences in spelling and conventions in the English-speaking world eg, United States: "favorites", mm/dd/yyyy; the rest of the world: "favourites", dd/mm/yyyy

MySpace Developer Platform MDP

On February 5, 2008, Myspace set up a developer platform which allows developers to share their ideas and write their own Myspace applications The opening was inaugurated with a workshop at the MySpace offices in San Francisco two weeks before the official launch The MDP is based on the OpenSocial API which was presented by Google in November 2007 to support social networks to develop social and interacting widgets and can be seen as an answer to Facebook's developer platform The first public beta of the Myspace Apps was released on March 5, 2008, with around 1,000 applications available

Myspace server infrastructure

At QCon London 2008, Myspace Chief Systems Architect Dan Farino indicated that Myspace was sending 100 gigabits of data per second out to the Internet, of which 10 gigabits was HTML content and the remainder was media such as videos and pictures The server infrastructure consists of over 4,500 web servers running Windows Server 2003, IIS 60, ASPNET and NET Framework 35, over 1,200 cache servers running 64-bit Windows Server 2003, and over 500 database servers running 64-bit Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 as well as a custom distributed file system which runs on Gentoo Linux

As of 2009, Myspace has started migrating from HDD to SSD technology in some of their servers, resulting in space and power usage savings

Revenue model

Myspace operates solely on revenues generated by advertising as its revenue model possesses no user-paid features Through its Web site and affiliated ad networks, Myspace is second only to Yahoo! in its capacity to collect data about its users and thus in its ability to use behavioral targeting to select the ads each visitor sees

On August 8, 2006, search engine Google signed a $900 million deal to provide a Google search facility and advertising on Myspace Myspace has proven to be a windfall for many smaller companies that provide widgets or accessories to the social networking giant Companies such as Slidecom, RockYou, and YouTube were all launched on Myspace as widgets providing additional functionality to the site Other sites created layouts to personalize the site and made hundreds of thousands of dollars for its owners most of whom were in their late teens and early twenties

In November 2008, Myspace announced that user-uploaded content that infringed on copyrights held by MTV and its subsidiary networks would be redistributed with advertisements that would generate revenue for the companies

Acquisition of Imeem

On November 18, 2009, Imeem was acquired by Myspace Music for an undisclosed amount After the acquisition was completed on December 8, 2009, it was confirmed that Myspace Music bought Imeem for less than $1 million in cash Myspace has also stated that they will be transitioning Imeem's users, and migrating all their play lists over to Myspace Music On January 15, 2010, Myspace began restoring Imeem playlists

Mobile application

Along with its website redesign, Myspace also completely redesigned their mobile application The redesigned app in the Apple App Store was released in early June 2013 The program features a tool for users to create and edit gif images and post them to their Myspace stream The app also allows users to stream available "live streams" of concerts New users are able to join Myspace from the app by signing in with Facebook or Twitter or by signing up with email

Availability

Location Size Available Price Version Device requirement Last update
App Store 156 MB Yes Free 362 iOS 61 or greater February 8, 2014
Google Play 16 MB Yes Free 310 Android 41 or greater April 17, 2015

The Myspace mobile app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store The mobile web app can be accessed by visiting Myspacecom from a mobile device

Filters

The Myspace app offers ten filters that can be added when the user has just taken a photo or just created a GIF

  • Revival
  • Moto
  • Auteur
  • Flint
  • Ciné
  • Havana
  • Reservoir
  • Lagos 77
  • Rye
  • Dillon

Radio

The app allows users to play Myspace radio channels from the device Users can select from genre stations, featured stations, and user or artist stations A user can build their own station by connecting and listening to songs on Myspace's desktop website The user is given six skips per station

See also

  • Greater Los Angeles portal
  • Companies portal
  • Internet portal
Main category: Myspace
  • Criticism of Myspace
  • Myspace Records
  • Myspace IM
  • gOS 29 "Space" – Linux distribution geared toward Myspace users, see gOS operating system
  • List of Internet phenomena
  • List of social networking websites
  • List of virtual communities with more than 100 million active users
  • MyDeathSpacecom
  • Social software
  • SodaHeadcom
  • Web 20 Suicide Machine
  • Christou v Beatport, LLC, a district court case which constituted that MySpace profiles could be held as trade secrets
  • Doe v MySpace, a ruling that MySpace was immune from liability resulting from a sexual assault of a minor
  • The MySpace Movie

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Further reading

  • Angwin, Julia 2009 Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America, New York: Random House ISBN 978-1-4000-6694-0
  • Davis, Donald Carrington, Myspace Isn't Your Space: Expanding the Fair Credit Reporting Act to Ensure Accountability and Fairness in Employer Searches of Online Social Networking Services, 16 Kan JL & Pub Pol'y 237 2007
  • Dodero, Camille, "You and your tech-chic: As of 2006, new media isn't just for geeks anymore", The Boston Phoenix, December 20, 2006
  • Tapscott, Don and Anthony D Williams 2007 Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything New York: Penguin

External links

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