I should have named this, “Once Uppon A Time, myspace”, based on my personal trifling through world wide web, because, with all the yahoo’s or Microsoft’s attempts to socialize their networks, myspace was my first “love” in social interacting.
Myspace had and has a very special place in my heart, with his once dynamic HTML based profile customization, with the kind of friendly interaction between humans. That is, the actors, producers, musicians, politicians and the rest, were primarily humans. The privacy wasn’t an issue. During communication, the e-mail addresses were exchanged anyway between members, with their own accept, the spammers were eliminated without fuss, the security team did the work.
After that, Microsoft acquired stock in the dull, non artistic “they trust me dumb fucks” new site, Facebook.
That was almost the end of myspace as it was known. Tom Anderson (the co-founder and the default “friend”) strategically managed to retreat his implication, his partner, Chris DeWolfe, founder of MySpace said he wants to expand the company’s 20-million user audience through acquisitions. He just said. He’s busy with a gaming platform, keeping a “private”, not a “public” profile on the social site. The thing is they both were bought out with over $10 Mil. each by Rupert Murdoch, and don’t give a damn anymore. Of course it was about money, more money, actually, this “Social” sites, after all are exactly this. A way to produce money for the corporation who owns them and indirectly for the “sponsors”, the Coca Cola and Lever and such. It’s a resemblance to the song Video Kills the Radio Show, I think the lazy people’s network, meaning Facebook by that, takes precedence because one doesn’t need imagination or creativity to blurb on the “walls” there.
I haven’t been subjective when I felt lost on Facebook. I really was under someone’s vigilant eye, at the time. Peeping through… I had been under observation, myself. And the “connect with Facebook” buttons are enraging me wherever I found them, on the majority of sites, as I can communicate with them, (the person or the “business”), only through FB.
How myspace disappointed me instantly, at the highest level, is too personal to reveal here. The security is close to nonexistent. Mr. Hemanshu Nigam, the actual Chief Security Officer keeps a formal position. He is maybe Mr. Murdoch’s bodyguard only.
It was in the Summer of 2009, on a purple afternoon, under the Mediterranean sun, sipping a beer and enchanting my eyes with the perfect forms as if depicted, of a most dearest entity, as I used to call her once, when I finally got a wireless modem to work and opened an account at Twitter. I still remember my first tweet, inspired by what enclosed me. “I’ve bleached my soul in rainbow purple.”- which got me 4 followers within the hour. The first was my precious IT mentor, two were spam, which by the way, are following me since, and after that, there were some persons who I have had spoken with, from time to time. At least the fourth one is there yet. After a while, I’ve started to follow back who I considered “worthy”, and so begun a new era in my Social Media implementation. Followed very few celebrities out of curiosity, and becoming more and more individualist in the next months. I’ve gathered with patience, the hard way, some real worthy friends, of whom I’m very proud. I never ceased to learn from them. Every day, I discover new things, through all the network which is growing and growing.
Picture by Adriana Popovici
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