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Why Aren't We Talking About MySpace?
By: Jessica Cherok
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In January 2013, MySpace launched its new, revamped site, and it was cool. For about a day. Should we still be talking about it?

It’s no secret that Facebook — whether you love it or hate it — has a stranglehold on social media. Interestingly enough, the same stranglehold MySpace once held. And while the new MySpace looks great visually and is fairly pleasant to use, it apparently isn’t enough to entice users to move away from Facebook. This shouldn’t be surprising, though, since it wasn’t enough for Google+ either.

An area where MySpace beats out Facebook is data collection, by being much less intrusive. MySpace doesn’t require nearly as much information to create a user profile. They don’t even require you to be who you say you are; something Facebook has received a lot of flack for insisting upon.

But is MySpace really cooler or was it all just Justin Timberlake-infused hype?

It appears that MySpace is still being dominated by those aspiring to be or already in the music business. Just as it was when most of us were leaving for Facebook.

Without being able to attract the musically disinclined back to the site, MySpace may just be the social scene for musicians. But don’t look at this as a downfall. In fact, being music-centered is something MySpace has always done well, and they’re continuing in the tradition with the revamp.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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