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Anyone still use MySpace?


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Myspace: the silent social network. An irony, given its music focus.

Anyone upload their stuff on there anymore? Even the foo fighters appear to have gone silent on there! Was wondering if it was worth a rummage through, or if it's completely dead - and is it worth uploading tracks to there?

All opinions gratefully accepted.

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You might find some music to listen to on there but in terms of its use as a tool to reach an audience, it's dead. Used it heavily for my band back in its "glory" days c.2005/6 and it enabled us to build pockets of support all over the country and tour moderately successfully under our own steam but it peaked then really died out (much like the band at the time, haha!)

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You might find some music to listen to on there but in terms of its use as a tool to reach an audience, it's dead. Used it heavily for my band back in its "glory" days c.2005/6 and it enabled us to build pockets of support all over the country and tour moderately successfully under our own steam but it peaked then really died out (much like the band at the time, haha!)
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It was such a shame to see it go, in that respect - when it was at its peak there was massive potential to reach a fanbase. Has anything really stepped up to fill that role in the meantime? Reverbnation, BandInTown, and all the others just don't seem to be as ubiquitous...or maybe I'm just not using them properly!

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Nothing with the same reach and impact, no. We got lucky with timing and caught the crest of the wave - every music loving teen was on it and we had nearly 400 through the door on our debut gig in late 2005 thanks to a mix of heavy MySpace promo and good old fashioned "pounding the streets with a bunch of flyers" work. By the time that particular band died two years later it had already peaked and was becoming less useful as a promotional tool because of all the spam, oversaturation from bands and audiences migrating to other sites. Fun while it lasted!

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What screwed Myspace was that the site wasn't designed with scalability in mind. The site owners knew this and had tried various bodges but it needed rebuilding from the ground up. No easy task. News International thought they were man enough for the job but hadn't allowed for the upstart Facebook. Instead of cutting their loses and capitalising on the fact they had every band on the planet using Myspace, they tried to go head to head with Facebook on Facebook's terms. We all know what happened.

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