Before the days of being a part of multiple social media pages like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, 10 years ago there seemed to be only one you would dedicate your life to. It was obvious that all the cool and creative kids were on MySpace and it still to this day remains one of the best social media sites there ever was.
MySpace still exists but its good days are long gone as what made it so amazing at the time has now sadly been changed. The MySpace obsessed generation has now moved on to the newer social media brands but something about them just doesn’t live up to what MySpace had. Why was MySpace the best social media website? Here’s are 15 reasons to re-fresh your brain!
15. HTML / Basic Coding
If you were a teen on MySpace there’s a good chance you were introduced to coding and HTML via the website. The HTML enabled you to have your page the way you wanted it to look. Googling website tutorials on how to code on MySpace was one of the first steps you would take if you were going to be a real MySpace user. Once you knew where to copy and paste your HTML and remembered short cut codes by heart, you felt like you were a professional web designer. Little did we know that the people who made the long codes were the real pros and we were just copying and pasting. We had no clue what half the code actually meant.
Before the days of Facebook status updates and incessant tweeting, you would send the all important bulletin to all your MySpace friends. Bulletins were important, you wouldn’t send loads out in a day. They were in some way just an announcement unless you were thirsty for picture comments, in which case you would send about 10 saying “pc4pc” (picture comment for picture comment). This invariably got you over 100 comments on your photo.) Bulletins would always take up to five minutes to show after sending them out which is kinda weird in retrospect. Why did it take so long to post? This was 2007 not 1997! Look how far we’ve come since then!
Your MySpace layout was also so important. When MySpace first became a thing, everyone changed every aspect of the default layout. As time went on, having a more plain white layout, like the default ones, became cooler. It was like you weren’t trying too hard. The more simplistic it looked, the more chic you were, despite spending ages trying to get everything to look right. Sometimes you had to dedicate a lot of your time to get it just right. You almost got judged more on your layout rather than the content on your page and your profile photo.
12. About Me Section
After your layout, the second most important thing about your page was your ‘About Me’ section. Once you had signed up, you would usually automatically fill in all the sections that required you to express your interests because you felt your page would look too blank without content on it. Once you realised that you had a choice on what to fill in, most people would then end up only having the ‘About Me’ section filled in. Half of everyone’s ‘About Me’s’ eventually ended up not being a bio about them. Most people had their name in huge letters, a weird fact about themselves and some lyrics to their favourite new cool indie band they discovered from the site. No one would really bother reading your ‘About Me’ if it was paragraphs long.
11. “Thanks For The Add”
If someone added you then for some strange reason, commenting on their page with “thanks for the add” was kinda normal God knows why. It might have been an easy conversation starter with someone at the time. No one really says “thanks for the follow” on Twitter or Instagram and I don’t recall “thanks for the add” following on onto Facebook. Maybe people were more friendly during the MySpace days? Or maybe it was something we left behind when MySpace was at its peak. If you were really corny you wouldn’t type “thanks for the add”. You would send a photo (sometimes glittery) of text saying it to show how much you really appreciate someone sending a request.
10. Your Top 8 Friends
The people you chose to have in your top 8 friends was always a hard decision. There was always someone who felt left out that you just couldn’t fit in. You always had to make sure the friends you put in your list, had you in their top 8 too otherwise you would take them out. There was an option to have 4, 12 and even 16 top friends but 8 was the most popular option. Your favourite singer or band at the time would sometimes make an appearance in the list so that you could show your love and support for them. A way of avoiding the top friends situation was to hide your friends section and hope people weren’t smart enough to find out how to find your friend’s list another way.
9. First Way Of Interaction With Famous People
Before MySpace, I honestly can’t think of another social media website where you could interact with famous people. The old fashioned way was to send them fan mail in the post but how do you know they actually received and read it? With MySpace you could send them a message or send a comment to their profile page therefore you KNEW it was actually sent to them. If the famous person was to comment on your profile that actually meant they clicked on your profile! WOWZA. It was such a big deal at the time. Not only that, when adding famous people on MySpace, 90% of the time that resulted in you getting them to add you back. With Twitter and Instagram, you rarely get followed back.
8. Trying To Be MySpace Famous
We all knew someone who tried to be MySpace famous by trying to mimic those who were. I mean, who can blame them? If Jeffree Star and Tila Tequila could become famous over a social website, then why wouldn’t we?! People would try to brand themselves with what was hot at the time. There were a lot of scene kids who had their profile photo with their colourful hair. They always had a section of their “fans” taking photos with a sign saying how much they loved them to make themselves look really popular. It was believable at the time. Now? Not so much. You couldn’t get away with that on Instagram. The MySpace generation started the craze of being known online with the likes of Jeffree Star now becoming a worldwide brand.
7. Discovering New Artists And Bands
MySpace was very well known for birthing lots of new artists and bands that we still listen to today. Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Kate Nash, Lily Allen and a whole lot more put their demo’s and singles on MySpace which led them to being discovered and signed by major record labels. With their high profiles and success stories becoming well known in the public eye, it inspired lots of other musicians to upload their music to the website. Before Soundcloud and putting your own song on Spotify and iTunes independently, MySpace was the way to go if you weren’t signed to a label. It almost became a hobby to discover new bands through MySpace as their was so much talent on there. It was the beginning of the digital era where the way of consuming music started to change.
6. MySpace Tom
We all had Tom as a friend on MySpace. Not because we were dying to add him and have him accept our request but because he was everyone’s automatic first friend when you signed up. We all knew Tom owned MySpace or whatever but we didn’t really know or care to know anything else at the time. His profile would strangely never change. It was as if he never edited or updated anything since he signed up. His iconic profile photo (shown above) is the photo everyone would remember and became a meme ever since the site died out. God knows what he does now but we wish him well and thank him for the MySpace memories.
5. Your Profile Song
I’m pretty confident that everyone who chose to have a profile song on their page set it to play automatically once the page loaded. There was no point having a profile song if the song didn’t play automatically because it would be rare if someone would actually click play themselves. Nine times out of ten you would probably click pause because you were likely listening to our own music on your computer. Profile songs always had to be something no one else had or a song that had yet to be discovered by everyone. Sometimes you would search random pages just to find the song you wanted to have on your profile because that particular one wasn’t on the official band’s music player.
4. Taking Selfies On Proper Cameras
Before the word selfie became a global thing we were all taking photos of ourselves on digital cameras or on our mobile phones where we knew exactly how many megapixels they had. There was no iPhone and definitely no camera on the front of our phones. Therefore the only option to take photos of ourselves was to take it in the mirror or to know your angles if you were taking it yourself. It was always the high angle that was best wasn’t it? Digital camera photos in the mirror with the flash on was so MySpace. When choosing photos for your profile pics, it was always cooler to only have about 5 of them as opposed to pages of photos. That way, you would get more comments on each photo.
3. “Online Now”
If you were online then a flashing gold “online now” icon would appear by your profile photo. This would probably increase the interactions you would receive as others would know you were active at the time. You would then also send comments and messages to those online as your chances of getting a reply were much higher. If people wanted to be really sly, then they would hide when they were online so the flashing icon didn’t come up. That way people wouldn’t know when they were actually online or offline. Most people however, wanted their friends to know they were there. And, of course, it was always more exciting when celebrities showed when they were active.
After a day at work or school, it was always such joy to see a whole load of notifications on your dashboard. The longer the list, the better. Photo comments, friend requests, profile comments, messages, blog subscriptions and a whole load more! People never really cared for “New Birthdays” that much, they would always go straight to the photo and profile comments to boost their ego. Straight after opening all the notifications, you would likely crave some more and would probably post a bulletin for someone to spam your profile with comments on your photos to increase the number. No one ever wanted to log onto their account to a blank dashboard with no notifications. That would be uploading a selfie to Instagram and it getting barely any likes 🙁 You wouldn’t wish that upon anyone.
1. Owning Profile Pictures
If there is anything that is more MySpace than anything, it was people asking others to “own” their friend’s profile picture. It was serious if you owned someone’s photo. It meant it was yours. You owned it and it wasn’t official until it was written in the caption of the photo that you owned it. It must have meant that someone really liked that particular photo if they asked to own it. People even went to the extent of sending bulletins out asking if anyone wanted to own any photos that hadn’t been owned yet. It was almost like online shopping flicking through their photos. You had to tell them which one you wanted to own before someone else got in there. Clearly, we had nothing better to do. Homework? Nah. I’ll do it later.