Monday, July 27, 2009

Myspace: Anybody Home?

Until recently, my computer routine was fairly set in stone: e-mails first. Then my two blogs. Myspace. Facebook. And any favorite book-related websites and blogs.


But lately my visits to Myspace have seriously tapered off. Because I’m finding very little social activity from my 1,000+ reader-writer friends, and most of my new friend requests are from people trying to market new health care products.

I've tried posting the occasional bulletin, asking readers for help with elements of my book, but whereas those bulletins used to net me upwards of 50 responses, now I’m getting 5 or 6. And the views and comments on my Myspace blogs have dropped so low that I’ve basically stopped posting them.

What’s saddest to me is that I’m getting very little fan mail there now. That’s where I often heard from new readers, through Friend Requests and fun little notes, and got to know some of them a bit.

The obvious explanation here is that many people have abandoned Myspace for Facebook. I’ve heard again and again from readers and writers lately that they’ve made the jump. And believe me, I’m on Facebook all the time--so no commentary from me on that. I’m just sorry to be losing “an old friend.”

How about you? Still checking your Myspace page? See any hope for things to turn back around?

And for what it's worth, feel free to friend me at www.myspace.com/ferrarotina! (However, I don't need any more health-care products, thanks.)

17 comments:

beth said...

I was so happy to abandon MySpace! I was *sick* of all the ads for hot young things and inappropriate health care products. Facebook is so much more user friendly.

As a teacher, I still see a lot of MySpace from high school kids, but more and more they are going to Facebook. MySpace is no longer "cool"--it's something for "newbies" to use until they clue in about Facebook, then MySpace is abandoned.

Megan said...

I visit Myspace every now and again, but Facebook is a lot more active. And personally, I just like it better.

TinaFerraro said...

Thank you, Beth...your teacher perspective is interesting, and definitely reflects what I'm seeing.

And Megan, "what you said." I still visit Myspace (in fact, I was just there a moment ago), but I find Facebook just works better, AND has more going on.

Janie Emaus said...

You just reminded me that I have a MySpace page! I haven't been there in months.

Mena said...

I canceled my myspace page because the ads were so pornographic. I just didn't want to see them.

yabooknerd said...

I'm more of a facebook girl now too...it's just easier and better.

BookChic said...

I hardly go on Myspace anymore. I generally use my regular email to contact most authors, so no point in going to Myspace now, lol. And I've made the jump to Blogspot from Myspace, so there's almost no point for me to be on Myspace anymore.

I actually hardly go on Facebook now too. I used to be everywhere, but now I'm just getting lazy, lol. I seem to stick mostly to Blogspot, Twitter, and my email accounts.

Cara King said...

I never got into Myspace. Whenever I looked at a Myspace page, it seemed to consist of nothing but twenty iterations of "thanks for friending me!" I knew there must be a more interesting side to Myspace, but I never saw it!

Emily said...

Tina-- I never use myspace anymore. My 13 year old is still on it but even he uses it much less than he did even a year ago. Facebook is much easier to maneuver and has more activity

TinaFerraro said...

Wow, it's pretty much a "no" across the board here. Okay--thanks!

And by way, BookChic, funny that you said you don't check your Facebook much because I left you a message there today! =)

BookChic said...

LOL well, Facebook stuff comes to my email inbox so I check it that way. I saw your little note- thanks for that!! :)

stephhale said...

I'm guilty of barely checking my MySpace also. I feel sort of guilty but I'm just not motivated to go there anymore.

Suma Subramaniam said...

I never got into Myspace. Facebook twitter and blogging do take a significant amount of time apart from writing fiction.

The Golfing Librarian said...

I just checked my status update on MySpace. It says I'm happy to be back from Utah. That was October 2008! I'm glad to be rid of all those goofy backgrounds and themes! (Of which, I am the proud owner!)

perfectionishuman said...

I made a myspace a few years ago but it tapered off when my and me friends all heavily got into facebook.
Facebook has like, taken over all other kinds of interaction.
No more IM, no more texting, calling or even emailing. :(
http://perfectionishuman.blogspot.com/

Celsie said...

I'm hardly in Myspace, too. I'm no Facebook, but hardly go there, either. With MySpace, I like the fact that it matched my author site. It was very personalized. You really can't make Facebook your own. Yet. I guess I just haven't had much to say, so I don't go on much anymore. However, I do blog a lot.

TinaFerraro said...

Celsie makes a good point, that you can't personalize your Facebook page. You also can't add music!

Still, it seems our readers overwhelmingly agree that Facebook is trumping Myspace...