MySpace Is For Sale
Big news: MySpace still exists. No, I’m not kidding. And they’re for sale.
Parent company News Corp. has admitted that they are considering selling MySpace, just a day after announcing massive layoffs affecting nearly 50% of their staff. “News Corp. is assessing a number of possibilities including a sale, a merger and a spinout,” spokesperson Rosabel Tao told Bloomberg. News Corp. bought MySpace in 2005 for $580 million, but the site has been declining dramatically and it has proven unsustainable. It was one of the first large social networking sites, but it was quickly overtaken by Facebook. MySpace recently tried to make a comeback by redesigning the site and calling themselves “the leading social entertainment destination powered by the passion of fans.” MySpace was originally cool because it gave musicians a place to hang out virtually and share music. The redesign is probably an attempt to recapture that initial appeal. But their 65 million users simply fail to compare to Facebook’s 600 million users. If News Corp. wants to sell, they need to sell now.
Tweets Hit Techmeme, Blogging Officially Dies
Tech news aggregator Techmeme has announced that tweets can now become headlines or discussion posts on the site. This is yet another indicator that Twitter is becoming a mainstream source of news and information, which is a big step forward for Twitter as a company. But could it also be an indicator that blogging is dead?
I sure hope not. But a blog aggregator full of arbitrary tweets sounds like a recipe for disaster in the blogging community.
Techmeme says tweets are not taking over the site; they are going to be tactfully blended with the other types of headlines:
Since 2007 I’ve been asked about 200 times about whether we would introduce a “Techmeme for tweets,” i.e. a Techmeme made up of just tweets. My answer for this has always remained “no”. Any news site aiming for a certain level of comprehensiveness can’t limit itself in such an arbitrary way. Most of the time, the best headline for a story, and the best link for a story is, well, a story, not 140 characters. But omitting tweets from Techmeme wasn’t the best approach either. We believe a mix of blog posts, articles, and a smattering of tweets (plus other new forms of content), is the best way to distill what’s happening right now in technology. We hope you’ll agree, enjoying Techmeme all the more, and will maybe even contribute something to Techmeme now that it requires only 140 characters.
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The New MySpace
MySpace has finally rolled out the long-awaited redesign of their website. Is it good? Kinda. Great? No. Better? Definitely. I did a long piece on United Tech Guys about the positives and negatives, but to sum it up, the negatives outweigh the positives.
MySpace is dropping the “a place for friends” tagline in order to become “the leading entertainment destination that is socially powered by the passions of fans and curators.” This is an attempt to redefine what MySpace is as a whole, so as not to be the loser in the battle against companies like Facebook and Twitter. The new design is cleaner and more organized, without a doubt.
The negatives include the backlash on Twitter, the busy and disorganized homepage, the head-start that Facebook has (with 500 million users, compared to MySpace’s 61 million), and quite a bit more. Also, have you seen the MySpace Logo Video? Bizarre. Very bizarre. Read the rest of this entry
As my intentions were for the second volume of Staying “off the grid”, I would like to present to you part of the inspiration for the interest in this lifestyle: 30 Days by Morgan Spurlock, and in this episode, 2 big time “waste consumers” live in a small off the grid experimental area with other people who are accustomed to living off the grid. Whether or not you agree with the lifestyle, the show itself is very entertaining, and offers things other than how to live an off the grid lifestyle. Please watch:
This was the ONLY place I could find this video, so for the MySpace haters out there (you know who you are 😉 it’s ok.) try to grin and bare it. You don’t need a MySpace account to watch, this is a direct link to the video page. Enjoy!
God speed, and Best Wishes.
Hello everyone. Did you miss me? Unfortunately that is probably a “no” if your name is “Offbeat” or “God” but I can take that. So here is my Misc. post for today…
Why you haven’t seen me (Music/Musicmasteria) post that often:
Well I guess I’ve just been busy… School mainly but that will change soon. In about 1 month I and Millions of other students get to go on Summer Vacation! So that will be fun for everyone, adding time to spend to every ones schedule. Hopefully this allocated time will give all the writers here on The Underground that have wandered off time to come back and post a little. Yes, we all know Versatile1 just loves to write stuff every day and watching him struggle to find contributors with Sucker Free Sundays is fun to watch and laugh at. Seeing our beloved Main Writer Versatile1 wither away in confidence in his fellow writers is what we live for but with all jokes aside, we need new (and old) writers for the blog to help him out, myself included.
So to get to a point, but not the point (because we are supposed to be random/miscellaneous today), I’ve been spending most of my time on a little project which actually gives a reason to my name, Music-Masteria.
That’s right, I’ve been trying to write my own song(s) using a nice program called FL Studio (aka Fruity Loops). All my work is a work-in-progress so it really isn’t anywhere near being finished but it’s a start I could say.
Both my songs are techno-like but I have very little experience in making this kind of music compared to others so please bear with me as you listen to them.
All my Music can be found on my Myspace Music Profile found here: http://myspace.com/musicmasteria
Please check out my music! I love constructive criticism and all comments are very appreciated.
My main song right now is called “Journey”. I currently have 4 versions of it uploaded on Myspacefor all to hear and hopefully give me tips on. It is about 2 min. long at the moment and I’m still in the middle of making it. Check my myspace page every once and a while for a new version of it.
I also have another song called “Rise” but it is very underdeveloped at the moment. It can be compared to “Journey Unfinished 1” in the list of my Myspace songs because I had 2 starting idea sounds (which i called ‘Journey’ and ‘Rise’) and then I started developing Journey first.
So ANYWAY… for this day of randomness I have 2 requests:
1. PLEASE listen to my songs on Myspace.com/Musicmasteria and then if you can, give me some tips/ideas for how either songs might continue or what might change in what I already have to make it sound better.
2. PLEASE HELP VERSATILE1, AND THE UNDERGROUND, OUT BY BECOMING A CONTRIBUTOR so you readers don’t have to listen to my randomness instead of some Quality Underground Guides, News, etc.
Thanks for reading this weeks issue of Misc. Monday!
I’ll see you when I see you!