Social networking websites have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with MySpace and Facebook leading the way. MySpace used to be the social networking website everyone used until Facebook was developed a few years ago. Since then, Facebook has been eclipsing MySpace, but it seems like the two competitors are going to be in business together.
According to the Vancouver Sun, former competitors MySpace and Facebook are increasing the interconnectedness of the two sites, as revealed Thursday, Nov. 18. The new MySpace feature is called a “Mashup with Facebook” and will let the users click on a “Connect” icon, which will be integrated with the likes and interests found on Facebook. This new connection will allow you to share your interests between the two social networking websites to personalize your page. This new level of integration between MySpace and Facebook seems to give credibility to the fact Facebook has taken over in ratings.
I plan to use the enhanced functionality to network with people who like the same bands and music that I do. I “Like” a lot of bands on Facebook, such as Alice in Chains and Mad Season, so this will be a great way for me to find other people who enjoy the same bands I do. I also love rock and metal music, so it is always cool to find other people around my age who like the same thing; it always turns into a good conversation.
It will also allow me to become friends with people who enjoy the same interests as me, which include football, writing and technology. I always liked Facebook better because you have the option to share what music you like as well as related interests, so you can become friends with people who share your interests. It is always exciting to me to see how many people out there enjoy the same activities as me, and Facebook has a page for just about anything you could imagine. I will be able to actually use my MySpace page now because I will have the ability to find people who enjoy the bands and activities I like through my Facebook “Like” choices.
The best thing, though, is that I will be able to customize my MySpace page to reflect those bands and interests, which will let people know what I am all about before they read anything about me or message me. It will be a great way for people to connect on a new level through MySpace, and ultimately will help rebuild their fan base.
The connection between MySpace and Facebook is also a sign that MySpace knows they are not able to compete with the amount of people Facebook attracts each day. I think that this integration between the two suggests that MySpace is finally accepting they are not the choice of social networking anymore and this might be a way to get people to rejoin their website. MySpace always seemed to me like a middle school or high school social networking website and Facebook attracted a lot of older people who were just looking to connect with similar people. I think this will do a lot to help MySpace rebuild their member number back up to where it was before Facebook was around. MySpace seems to understand their website is just not as user-friendly as Facebook, and that there is a lot lacking in the entertainment connection area.
This integration, I think, will boost the number of people who use MySpace on a regular basis and might also attract new users as well. Whether MySpace is officially conceding to Facebook as the top social networking website or whether this is just a good business strategy is yet to be seen, but it looks as if a lot of good things are to come.
Glenn Chapman, Agence France-Presse, “MySpace deepens ties with rival Facebook”, The Vancouver Sun