Ryan put on his list about MySpace pretty much as a haven for those under the age of 21. While I agree with this sentiment, I think people are really losing sight of what MySpace was originally intended to be.
MySpace in the old days was a haven for musicians to display their music. While over the years, it’s changed (a LOT), I still think it’s that same haven, because that’s why I had an account in the first place. To keep up with my friends band.
One thing about MySpace however, is I’ve met a lot of old folks that I would probably never have heard from again, only because they either found me on MySpace or I found them. Granted, there are those people who find me through this site too. MySpace is a social site, just like Orkutz or Facebook, and all the other crazy social sites. It’s popularity is just incredible.
I also use MySpace because of the popularity. It’s one way to get attention. Post a bulletin to your friends and watch how it cascades into a long stream of forwards. When my wife’s co-worker’s daughter was missing, I sent out a bulletin with information for her website, and guess what, we found her, and all because of that bulletin. Amazing how that works.
In many ways, using MySpace is just wrong. I cannot believe the amount of sexual predators on that site. But in other ways, MySpace does good work. It’s a yin-yang thing I think.
What do you think of MySpace? Is it a haven for the underground teenagers? Should adults just refrain from even opening up an account? What’s your opinion?