Can Myspace get its mojo back? As Ben Westhoff reported in last week's cover story, despite tens of millions of dollars in investment, a slick new redesign and an ambitious plan to do good journalism, so far, an increase in users has been elusive (“Is Myspace Destined to Fail (Again)?“).
Readers shed no tears for the L.A.-based site. Writes lancechendrickson, “I don't even know anybody who uses Myspace, or has any reason to. They had a chance years ago, but it was like no Myspace executive had ever actually tried to use the site. The functions were counterintuitive, many didn't work, uploads took forever — who rolls out a piece of crap like that? Eventually, Myspace was just trolls, spambots and Tila Tequila. Pack it up, guys. The reason you can't figure out what to do with Myspace is that it doesn't offer anything that anybody needs or wants anymore.”
Neonmosfet agrees. “With the rise of Facebook, MySpace fell. The thing that made MySpace unique was that it made full-scale blogging possible. Facebook isn't really set up for that. But most people don't blog.“
Olive80.am writes, “I hate to say it, but I never thought of Myspace as having succeeded since its 'downfall.' I don't believe I have used it since at least 2009, if not before, and the only reason I recently logged on was to gain access to the pictures I had on there from that period of time. I'm not saying that no one uses it, but I don't know of any friends who do…”
Markavelli says Web users are just fickle: “Myspace fell to a trend, just like a nightclub gets old and needs a remodel. Facebook was new, exciting and came at a time when Gen Xers were awakening from intense parenting of children to visit the outside world for the first time in 15 years. Myspace was great; people just wanted change, and Facebook offered that. One day someone will come along and take all of Facebook's users away.”
Amanda Lewis' story shadowing a weed delivery driver (“Weed on Wheels: Marijuana Delivered to Your Door in 40 Minutes or Less,” May 2), also got people talking. Writes Julieeking, “Hooray — this is small business at its best. The Board of Supervisors can't keep this down; it's all so ridiculous that it's still illegal in California.”
Writes Zzardozz, “People complain that they don't want pot shops in their neighborhood where they can see them, but they still complain when people obtain their medicine a different way. Could it be that they just don't want us to be able to get it at all?”
Last week's roundup of restaurants (“10 Great Old-School Mexican Restaurants”) provided the wrong address for Marix Tex Mex Cafe's West Hollywood location. It's at 1108 N. Flores St. (323) 848-2458. Also, our Myspace story referred imprecisely to the businesses that Myspace's founders dabbled in before launching the site. Chris DeWolfe was not involved in online porn. We regret both errors.
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