Today, in case you were unaware, is ‘Quit Myspace Day‘. It’s an entirely voluntary, rather mischievous and unexpectedly cathartic thing to be a part of. A year ago, Andrew Dubber proposed the idea, suggesting that MySpace had one year to become useful, meaningful, helpful, music-ful again or we should all bail out en masse.
The day’s arrived, and Myspace is still, frankly, shit-on-a-stick. The user area is appalling, the public-facing page layout is a mess, the music player is clumsy, the integration with all the other remarkable services that have grown up while it has lain dormant is terrible, the sharing options are paltry and clumsy, the ads still meaningless and intrusive and it’s become almost exclusively the domain of spammers and blanket marketeers – musicians shouting at other musicians about gigs by bad bands on the wrong side of the world.
So today, a lot of us are out (how many? Have a look at the hashtag on twitter – it’s fairly active) – will it be a noticeable blip on Myspace’s user figures? Probably not. Will it free us up to not even have to think about the site again? Most definitely.
As I said, it’s voluntary, it’s not a ‘cool club’ you have to join – only you can decide whether Myspace has any relevance in your digital life. For me, and a large number of other musicians, it’s just become an annoyance and a distraction from working with services that make the discovery, sharing and interaction around music possible and enjoyable.
So, if we were euphemistically labeled as ‘friends’ on MySpace, please feel free to instead add me on either Facebook or Twitter. And to find music in a listener-friendly format on either Bandcamp or Soundcloud.
If, however, you want to be convinced of the awesomeness of Myspace, try following @socialmediagnu on twitter – he loves it.by