So, MySpace recently announced that users will be given more options as far as customizing their pages via tools within myspace. Is this a big deal?
Since I don't use MySpace, the answer for me is 'no'.
I think they're grasping. Myspace is a hole. Yes, I have an account there (I found many old friends on there). But it's still a hole.
What do you mean by hole?
Myspace doesn't have much competition out there.
I think he means it is kind of a sleazy place. MySpace is sort of like a dive pick-up-bar amongst social networking sites...
It's all about what you get from the site. Just like Matt said, he uses it to reconnect. If you are searching it as a dating website, I'm sure you can find some sleazy's. Just like at the bar down the street. :)
So what other side of MySpace are we all missing?
MySpace is all about the bar scene. I do a Austin bar's website and they live, eat, and breathe myspace.
Your right, it's a free dating website.
The women who run the bar are on myspace morning till late night, lining up bands, recruiting new friends who will come patronize their bar, and answering friend requests.
Do you feel that what you know of myspace defines the whole site?
No... I am willing to be enlightened if you are willing to share the knowledge?
No, not really. I'm not a myspace maven.
Some people set their page to "private" so that they can use their page as "their space." Only allowing friends and family to see their page. Myspace can be a place to get in touch and keep in touch with friends and family. You do not have to "accept" a friend request if you do not know the person. It is all up to you, since it's "your space." :)
O.K., so other than pictures and sound clips and stuff, what is the advantage of MySpace over a professional networking site like LinkedIn?
I would not use it for a professional networking place.
On the other hand, with the new API and all, facebook might be a better professional networking platform.
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I personally won't do business with FaceBook since Microsoft bought interest in them.
OK, perhaps I will retract somewhat my name-calling of Myspace as a "hole". From my perspective, I have observed people putting up myspace pages to pump themselves up - to try to get dates, or admiration, modeling contracts, etc. Perhaps the net is it's a place to make connections, but the types of connections being sought often seem highly superficial and immature.
Also, the idea that every myspace page can be completely customized does cause users to create totally unreadable pages (e.g. white on dark white), all while blaring their favorite music selections upon opening their page. Add to that the advertising, and it takes on a Bourbon St. ambiance.
Don't feel bad Matt, my impressions of MySpace are not that different...
All the images of college kids drunk on spring break sort of reinforces the Bourbon St. atmosphere you mention.
Yes, this can definitely happen. All I am saying is that there are other ways to use the site. :) We all have our own opinions.
You are correct. I have enjoyed finding people I lost contact with since high school.
I've found people I lost track of since grade school because of LinkedIn...
There are actually a lot of cool networking groups on myspace such as Computer Dorks and Computer Nerds.
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Really? Do you participate in them, or even use them to network or find potential candidates?
Yes--I do! I message folks directly that participate with these groups and who tend to ask/answer questions that pertain to what I am trying to recruit for (for ex: Net Sec, Linux, Windows, Python, Java, etc).
Ahh, very nice. I never paid attention to those groups. I will have to take a look. Sounds like a good method to learn about what you're recruiting for.
My 2 cents on this is that if you are someone who needs to be connected (and I would argue that unless you are independently wealthy you need to be connected/well networked) you should have a personal presents on all networking sites both professional and social.
1. you control your web presents
2. you get maximum exposure
3. you get to learn about the latest social/professional sites
I'm not saying you need to be active on all of them, but at least post your general info and a link to whichever site you really do you. For me that means keeping my LinkedIn profile (and maybe Facebook) up-to-date and full of good content.
I totally agree!
Forgot to give my linkedin profile link:
I have the Facebook presence, partially to connect with some old friends, and more recently to make some business contacts and connections widening the reach of door64. And then I use LinkedIn for my professional networking. I'm sure I've mentioned this elsewhere, but the Q&A section on LI is fantastic for making new connections. I have asked questions pertinent to my fields of expertise, and people who have similar backgrounds tend to flock to answer the question. In turn, those connections have presented new professional opportunities at various times.
facebook is showing signs of blowing myspace away. They've made all the right alliances and opened up their api to developers.
If they weren't partially owned by Microsoft I'd be a lot less skeptical of FaceBook.
Good point, Microsoft may be the kiss of death. But it looks like they're full steam ahead right now. I know my wife's entire extended family of several dozen brothers, sisters, cousins, etc is all on Facebook. She's from Canada and it's huge there. Toronto is the world's number one facebook city. Trust the Canadians.
door64 needs to have its own facebook page!!! I would be a fan of it for sure.
Well.....we have a group on Facebook. Does that count? Search for the "High-Tech Austin" group.
Thanks, Matt! I rarely use Facebook, but will check out the group on that site.
Well, it's not a real active group on Facebook. Honestly, it's just a means to let people know about door64. When we have our networking events, I also post them in the Facebook group (and on the calendar).
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