[Video] Myspace: “I’m Not Dead Yet!”

[Video] Myspace: “I’m Not Dead Yet!”

Adam, Brian, Jon and Robyn discuss the future of the music business, which has come up in several RWW stories lately, in our latest Google+ Hangout. Brian describes the argument he just had with a rock star, and Adam tells tales about his recent visit to Myspace HQ. Here are links to the posts and […]

Facebook’s 2012 Slide Looks A Lot Like MySpace’s 2008 Demise

Facebook’s 2012 Slide Looks A Lot Like MySpace’s 2008 Demise

Shareholders pushed Facebook’s stock up slightly last week after reassuring comments from CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In the process, they overlooked a significant decline in two key areas reported by comScore: U.S. desktop usage, where Facebook has traditionally sold most of its ads, is down 12% among younger users (12 to 24 years old), who…

Video of the Week: History of the Animated GIF

Video of the Week: History of the Animated GIF

In the early days of the Web there was a lot of experimenting going on. It was a brand new world where almost anything seemed possible. Decades later, many of those dreams have come true and new dreams have been born. In the meantime, a lot of the early innovation have come, seen their day in the sun, and been cast aside when something new comes…

MySpace’s Music Focus Pays Off

MySpace’s Music Focus Pays Off

The social Web space is abuzz with new developments and entrants these days. Facebook’s IPO. The explosion of Pinterest. The rapid evolution of Google+ into a place where the President of the United States hangs out. One name you never hear is one that was all the rage just a few years ago. MySpace has […]

MySpace’s Music Focus Pays Off

MySpace’s Music Focus Pays Off

The social Web space is abuzz with new developments and entrants these days. Facebook’s IPO. The explosion of Pinterest. The rapid evolution of Google+ into a place where the President of the United States hangs out. One name you never hear is one that was all the rage just a few years ago.

MySpace has been losing traffic since 2008, when…

67% of Online Adults Use Social Media To Stay In Touch With Friends

67% of Online Adults Use Social Media To Stay In Touch With Friends

In a new study released today, Pew Internet Research found that 66 percent of American adults online use Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn. They cite staying in touch with family and friends as one of the major reasons for using these sites. Seventy-one percent of the younger demographic, ages 18-29, cites staying in touch with current…

This Week in School Internet Censorship

This Week in School Internet Censorship

We posted last year about the prevalence of cyberbullying on social networks. The longer-term consequences of that are just now finding their way into our legal system, and this week the US Supreme Court refused to hear the case of Doninger v. Niehoff, which was the case involving a high school junior girl named Avery Doninger. Back in 2007, she…

MySpace Relaunch Will Put its Focus Back on Music

MySpace Relaunch Will Put its Focus Back on Music

When the site relaunches later this year, former social networking heavyweight MySpace will aim to reclaim the position it once held as a preeminent hub for music.

MySpace went through several attempts to reinvent itself before being sold by News Corp in June. Its new marketing head Al Dejewski told Ad Age the company will shift its focus more…

With New Music Ambitions, Facebook Will Continue Where MySpace Left Off

With New Music Ambitions, Facebook Will Continue Where MySpace Left Off

Facebook is now “getting serious about music and media,” writes Om Malik on GigaOm.com, revealing unannounced details regarding the social network’s new ambition to be a place to discover music with friends. The deal involves partnerships with the internationally popular music streaming service Spotify, and possibly other music services, too…

Breaking Up With Your Favorite Apps

Breaking Up With Your Favorite Apps

NPR music podcast All Songs Considered just released a show about breaking up with your favorite bands. It got me thinking about favorite web apps or services that I’ve broken up with. So in the tradition of Internet era music, I’m going to directly rip NPR’s idea and breakup categories.
In this post I tearfully discuss past relationships with…

News Corp Has Finally Had It: Accepting Bids for Myspace

News Corp Has Finally Had It: Accepting Bids for Myspace

The death knells of the first generation of social media platforms continue. A day after Friendster announced that it would be deleting photos and blog posts from its platform, reports surface that News Corp is selling off Myspace and is starting the bidding at $100 million.

News Corp bought the one-time social media titan in 2005 for $580 million…

Twitter Hires Away MySpace Director of Business Development

Twitter Hires Away MySpace Director of Business Development

Companies used to pay millions of dollars to splash advertisements on the front page of MySpace, back when that social network was the hottest one on the web. One of the people in charge of selling those ads was Rita Garg, a Stanford and Harvard educated mathematician and economist.

Today Garg announced, in a Tweet, that she’s left MySpace and is…

Poll: Will You, For One, Welcome Your New FaceSpace Overlord?

Poll: Will You, For One, Welcome Your New FaceSpace Overlord?

It’s done. The battle between Facebook and Myspace is finally over. Yesterday, the two companies made a joint announcement introducing “Mashup with Facebook”, a feature that brings all of your Facebook “likes” and interests to Myspace by way of Facebook Connect.

We can’t help but wonder if this announcement marks the end of an…