MySpace was a one of a kind social media platform when it first launched in 2003. It quickly became a larger than life entity that connected people from all over the world. Without the innovation and imagination of those who founded MySpace, Facebook as we know it today would have never existed.
Over time, MySpace became increasingly watered down and eventually lost the social media arms race to Facebook. After making several attempts to reboot the beloved platform, MySpace is now a shadow of the tech giant it once was. For those of us who discovered so many bands that we love on MySpace, it will forever hold a special place in our hearts and minds.
In the years since MySpace lost their dominance over social media, Facebook has become the most influential tech company to ever exist. Mark Zuckerberg is now arguably one of the most powerful men on the planet. While Facebook has done an amazing job connecting the world, they have not focused on many of the things that made MySpace so popular.
Recently, many musicians have struggled to promote themselves on Facebook with a page system that essentially forces users to spend money on advertising. MySpace was always free for artists to promote themselves and even had a player embedded directly on their profile.
While Facebook is still a great place to connect and share, a team of developers have captured the magic that existed in the early years of MySpace. MySpace Retro, a clone of the classic version of the social media giant, is an exact replica of the early version of the site.
As soon as you visit the site you will be reminded of your social medial glory days. It’s all there. The music player, the profile headline, and even the ability to add extremely tacky profile themes. For those of you exclusively on mobile devices, you’ll have to wait a little while. MySpace Retro is not yet compatible with mobile devices.
Your MySpace dashboard looks identical to the way it did on the old site. There’s something special about seeing those red ‘Alerts’ when you log in and finding out you have new Friend Requests or comments. Lets not forget that MySpace was the one who coined that term.
Setting up your profile is just as easy as it once was. You’ll be asked the same questions about who you’d like to meet and you even have a Top 11. (I’m not sure why they didn’t go with the top 8)
Within minutes of starting work on my profile, the Friend Requests were rolling in. There are already tons of users on the MySpace clone site. It makes you wonder if their servers will be able to keep up with the insane demand they’re getting.
Users will definitely continue to flock to the classic MySpace clone. They’re definitely on to something here and I can only see this getting better. MySpace was a very special place and will hold a place in our hearts forever. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it — ‘fixing it’ is what made MySpace fall apart in the first place. You can check out MySpace Retro here.