Myspace.com, quite possibly among those of the most popular websites on the internet. However, just because it's popular doesn't mean anything. It may be part of the "Web 2.0" movement, but is it honestly a good thing? I myself have a myspace account, but it is very rarely used. It's only logged on to when somebody I know wants to see it. It's really nothing special, but myspace in itself is nothing special.
Why is it that social networking sites are so booming anymore? There are many sites that try, and fail, to emulate the success of Myspace. But why is Myspace so popular anyway?
1) First, you have to deal with all of those names like "OmGTeHSeXXXineEsS". Some people may think that's cool, but I guarantee that it doesn't make people want to visit your page more. It's also quite an eyesore to me, at least use a real descriptive title.
2) Conversations - People are able to have conversations through Myspace, and post comments. That's all well and good, but what's the point of having a public conversation? Honestly, using a phone, e-mail, or IM client ends up being much more practical than posting something on Myspace. Most of the comments are poorly constructed and full of abbreviations like "u" and "2", which drive me (as well as others) nuts. You're cutting down on maybe 1/15 of a second by doing that, and if you're spending that time on Myspace you don't really need the extra.
3) Photos - Now everyone can see emo kids whenever they want. Isn't that exciting? Most of the time photos are just random photos of someone standing around, or even worse, someone who used their cell phone to take a picture of themselves in the bathroom mirror. Why are you interested in looking at someone's picture if you know them? Chances are if you really care you'll have their picture one way or another, or you see them everyday. (At school/work/wherever else.)
4) Music - This may actually be a legitimate reason to join, as you can listen to music for free and hear music from indie bands. However, you have to sift through a bunch of other Myspace accounts to find any good music.
5) Relationships - If you can't find a friend or boy/girlfriend in real life, why are you on Myspace? Even a dating site would be better a far better way of looking for a mate while retaining some dignity. Joining Myspace to find a friend or significant other is pretty pointless, and superficial. You'll see someone who looks good and try to become friends with them. Besides photos, the only thing you have to rely on are people's descriptions of themselves, which, let's face it, are more than likely exaggerated. If they're not exaggerated, they're just cookie cutter: "I enjoy having fun! Omg, luv u girls!"
Really, the only good use that could possibly come out of Myspace for a normal person is reconnecting with people they haven't seen in a long time, however if they're school friends you could just find them on a website like classmates.com, and if they aren't, chances are you don't like them too much... Otherwise you would've had their phone number or e-mail. Because if it's someone you don't see everyday, you'd need some other way of contacting them.
I don't know, maybe I just sound hypocritical for having an account myself, or maybe I just sound jaded. But, you're not called hypocritical if you are an American who criticizes America, so I believe I have the right to be condescending towards Myspace. They've earned it.