Apparently Myspace is still relevant to some people, but lets be honest. The last time most of us logged in was when we were 15 year old nuisances, with impractically large fringes. Those were the days, eh? I remember rushing home from whatever social activity I had on (usually down the park on a Friday night, pretending to sip Copacobana), to comment on my friends’ profiles being like “yooooo, such a gr8 time down the park lol. so drunk hehehehe lmao” (for those of you born after 1997, Myspace was basically Facebook but a less good version)
While pretty much no one in the history of anyone uses Myspace anymore, most of us have fond and sometimes alarming memories of adding strangers as friends and hoping that one day (ONE DAY), we might have over 2000 friends. Myspace played a big and integral role in our lives. Some might even say Myspace was that third parent we
always never wished we had. I, for one, think that Myspace taught us a lot. From decision making skills (what profile song to choose?!) to basic social skills (because nothing says social like sitting in your room on your computer, am I right?!), we have a lot to thank Myspace for.
1. Basic HTML Skills:
Nothing said super cool and not even remotely loser-like than a customised Myspace page. I remember hiding my entire profile to nothing but “Lauren. Harry Potter is great” and a link to my profile picture/comments. Zut alors. If you weren’t quite that
adventurous mad, you probably learned how to put in links, change the colour of your font and other exciting and necessary skills. While I’m slightly laughing about this, I do have to say that I use basic HTML in my day-to-day job that I wouldn’t have known about without the help of Myspace. So, thank you Myspace for helping me learn HTML.
2. How To Take Selfies:
While things did get a bit out of hand with Myspace selfies (taking a picture with nothing but the top of your head showing was not ok), they did teach us valuable lessons that we can now transfer to Instagram. Thanks to Myspace, I now know that I have a wonky face and look better with my face tilted to the side. I also know that my nose starts to poke out the later it gets in the day, so it’s better to take face pics in the morning. In the blogging world, taking selfies is a part of everyday life – and where would we all be without that valuable camera experience? So, thanks Myspace for teaching us how to take pictures of ourselves. You’re the best. Although of course, you can’t look at the camera. Don’t be ridiculous. And yes, that is me.
3. Your Number of Friends Counts:
People keep banging on about “quality over quantity” but I have news for you. People are wrong. If you hopped onto Facebook and got a friend request with someone who has ten friends, you would automatically think “what a socially inept donkey, there is no way in Middle Earth that I’m accepting you”. The same goes for Twitter followers. But do you know who helped us come to this way of thinking? Myspace. I spent my Myspace time adding people I had met once (or not even once) so that everyone thought I was banging and super awesome. The reality was, I had around 6 close friends and probably got myself into a lot of stranger danger. But still, numbers count and we can thank Myspace for that.
4. Punishing Your Mates is Fun:
These days, if one of your pals has irritated you, you might decide to not favourite their tweets for a while. If they’ve done something really horrifying, you might even create a “Claire is a massive troll” page on Facebook and share it with all of her mates. Back in the Myspace days, punishing your friends was a lot easier. Do you remember the coveted “Top 8 Friends” spot? Ordering that bad boy was hard work. You obviously didn’t want to offend your bezzies, but you often had to include miscellaneous cousins so they wouldn’t bully you too much over Christmas. If someone had royally irritated you (i.e. forgotten to invite you to go bowling or someone robbed your Geoggers homework) in the Myspace days, all you had to do was put them at number 8. Or even take them out altogether (SHOCK. HORROR.). Burn.
5. Quizzes Are Fun:
When was the last time you filled in a ‘How Well Do You Know Me’ or ‘What Animal Are You?’ quiz? About 5 years ago? How unbelievably sad do you feel about that? There’s nothing more fun than filling in a quiz about yourself or your bestie and knowing that all of your Myspace friends will now know that you have green eyes and your favourite band is the All American Rejects. There simply aren’t enough quizzes around these days, especially after Facebook took off their survey function and Ask FM became the worst thing to happen to bullying since Azaelia Banks was born.
So…lets all put our hands together and say thank you Myspace, for making us the people are are today. Since the good years, Myspace has gone through a load of redesigns and I have to say that the new Myspace looks quite cool but there is very little chance that I’ll be reliving my teenage years of “pc4pc?”