MySpace

  • MySpace Punishes Its Few Remaining Friends By Vanishing Their Blogs

    MySpace Punishes Its Few Remaining Friends By Vanishing Their Blogs

    Obviously MySpace has very few friends left to alienate — Tom has long since moved on — but that hasn’t stopped it annoying the hell out of its few remaining fans by forcing through an update to its shiny new music discovery platform that’s swallowed their old blog content, with no guarantee it’s ever going to be retrievable. Read More

  • MySpace Squandered the Only Thing It Had Left

    MySpace Squandered the Only Thing It Had Left

    Editor’s Note: Brenden Mulligan created Onesheet, a tool that enables musicians to create beautiful web presences in two minutes. MySpace. Or is it Myspace. Or is it My______. Truth is, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that MySpace has made increasingly bad decisions for too many years to every hope that they’ll become relevant again. Their latest bad decision shows how… Read More

  • Lost On New Myspace. Can’t Escape Justin. Send Help.

    Lost On New Myspace. Can’t Escape Justin. Send Help.

    I’ve signed into Myspace using my Facebook account. They said you could use your Myspace ID, but apparently, my memory doesn’t stretch that far back. The site asks me to identify myself. Am I “curator?” A “venue?” A “brand?” Nope, but funny that all those choices are above “fan.” I decide to be more honest, and select… Read More

  • The New Myspace Opens, Hoping A Justin Timberlake Single Can Help It Fly

    The New Myspace Opens, Hoping A Justin Timberlake Single Can Help It Fly

    New Myspace made its debut back in September (when it made our own Drew Olanoff “want to hurl”) but the redesign has only been available to limited beta participants before now. Today, the next-generation version of the site is open to all, with registration possible using either your existing Myspace account, Facebook credentials or signing up as a brand new user. The launch… Read More

  • Myspace Lost $43M In 2012. Here’s Why Launching A Profit-Thin Music Service Could Nail The Coffin Shut

    Myspace Lost $43M In 2012. Here’s Why Launching A Profit-Thin Music Service Could Nail The Coffin Shut

    Unless Specific Media hits a home run with the new streaming music service it’s raising $50 million to pivot Myspace into, its bargain basement buy of the social network for just $35 million in 2011 could be a disaster. Slides attained by Business Insider shows Myspace will lose $43 million in 2012 on revenue of just $15 million. Yet somehow it thinks the notoriously tough music biz… Read More

  • The Mere Existence Of A “New Myspace” Makes Me Want To Hurl. Just Let It Go.

    The Mere Existence Of A “New Myspace” Makes Me Want To Hurl. Just Let It Go.

    Ok, folks, dust off your old web browsers, because Myspace is teasing a brand new design! Yes, the Justin Timberlake-backed whatever-it-is-now has slapped a new coat of paint on something that has already been sold and pushed to the side of the road. Read More

  • Keen On with Chris Dewolfe

    Keen On… Chris DeWolfe: What I Learned From The MySpace Failure (TCTV)

    There is always an element of the confessional about interviewing people, but I really felt like a priest when I interviewed MySpace co-founder and CEO Chris DeWolfe earlier this week. DeWolfe was keynoting San Francisco’s FailCon conference and our conversation naturally focused on failure – and particularly, of course, the meteoric failure of MySpace. This the second in a… Read More

  • Murdoch On Myspace: “I Made A Huge Mistake.”

    Murdoch On Myspace: “I Made A Huge Mistake.”

    Rupert Murdoch withstood intense grilling at News Corp’s annual shareholder meeting today, which focused largely on the phone-hacking scandal that is causing such an upset in the company’s financials and leadership. But among other things, Murdoch owned up to the debacle that has been Myspace. “I made a huge mistake,” he said. “We then proceeded to mismanage it… Read More

  • You Know What’s Cool? Not Myspace

    You Know What’s Cool? Not Myspace

    Myspace savior Specific Media laid off 8% of its staff yesterday, about 50 people. Those laid off were mostly Myspace employees, according to one source, presumably eagerly awaiting their severance package; “The people that [sic] got let go were celebrating because Specific Media doesn’t have a clue what to do.” In the past three months Specific Media had gone from the… Read More

  • Myspace Owner-Specific Media Hit With Layoffs

    Myspace Owner-Specific Media Hit With Layoffs

    Myspace owner-Specific Media has laid of a percentage of its staff today, we’ve confirmed with the company. Specific Media said these layoffs took place in sales and operating areas, and was part of a consolidation effort to eliminate redundancies between the two businesses. As Specific Media says in a statement: The company is consolidating forces to ensure greater alignment between… Read More

  • Five Things I Learned At MySpace That Could Help Google+

    Five Things I Learned At MySpace That Could Help Google+

    This is just a guess, but I’d bet money that Vic Gundotra and Bradley Horowitz probably feel like their heads are going to explode. Anyone on the G+ team who really cares about G+ is probably getting very little sleep, and are annoying their friends and family with their one-track G+ minds. There’s been such an amazing amount of feedback, the Google+ team can’t help but… Read More

  • How MySpace Tom May Have Inadvertently Triggered The Google/Facebook War

    How MySpace Tom May Have Inadvertently Triggered The Google/Facebook War

    Gotta love Tom Anderson. Newly reinvigorated by the launch of Google+, “MySpace Tom” has become a social power user (and regular TechCrunch contributor!). As a man at the forefront of the early days of the social wars, he’s obviously full of information. And today he decided to share a bit more. This time, it’s a fascinating story about the time Microsoft, not Google… Read More

  • LinkedIn Surpasses Myspace For U.S. Visitors To Become No. 2 Social Network; Twitter Not Far Behind

    LinkedIn Surpasses Myspace For U.S. Visitors To Become No. 2 Social Network; Twitter Not Far Behind

    Professional social network Linkedin surpassed Myspace in terms of traffic to become the No. 2 most visited social networking site in the U.S. in June. LinkedIn, which has seen a resurgence of traffic after its IPO in May, reached an all-time high of 33.9 million unique visitors in June compared to Myspace, which saw 33.5 million unique visitors (that’s down from 34.9 million in May). Read More

  • He's Bringing Myspace Back: Justin Timberlake Takes A Stake

    He's Bringing Myspace Back: Justin Timberlake Takes A Stake

    You know what isn’t cool? $35 million isn’t cool … So in a move that makes truth stranger than fiction, Justin Timberlake, who played Facebook president Sean Parker in a movie called The Social Network, has taken an ownership stake in a real life social network as part of the Myspace sale. Read More

  • Myspace Acquired, CEO Out: Email From Mike Jones To Employees

    Myspace Acquired, CEO Out: Email From Mike Jones To Employees

    Myspace CEO Mike Jones just sent out this mass internal email and press release confirming the company’s sale to Specific Media earlier this morning. Kara Swisher is reporting that the sale was for $35 million. From what I’m hearing it’s been a rocky morning at the social network, which was bought by Newscorp in 2005 for $580 million. Read More

  • Sean Parker On Why Myspace Lost To Facebook

    Sean Parker On Why Myspace Lost To Facebook

    With reports of social network Myspace about to sell for ~$30 million, the tech world eagerly awaits the HBS study for why the service, which was bought in 2006 by Newscorp for $580 million and was at some point valued at $1.5 billion (a quote in a Business Week article referred to it as “one of the best acquisitions ever”) ultimately failed. Read More

  • Myspace Expected To Lay Off At Least 150 Employees On Wednesday

    Myspace Expected To Lay Off At Least 150 Employees On Wednesday

    We’ve confirmed the rumors of Myspace layoffs with our own inside source; From what I’m hearing the company expects to lay off at least 150 of its around 400 employees tomorrow (37.5% of its staff). According to the source, another group of around 150 employees will be put on a transition plan, where they will still be laid off but can work with pay for a few weeks while they… Read More

  • Myspace Stops Believin', Shutters Myspace Karaoke

    Myspace Stops Believin', Shutters Myspace Karaoke

    Sad news for some karaoke fans out there: MySpace Karaoke — a feature that launched back in 2008 — is no more. A message now appears on the feature’s former home that states, “Karaoke has been discontinued…If you have any questions, please contact us by clicking the “Contact Myspace” link on Myspace help at http://www.myspace.com/help”. Read More

  • MySpace Stabilizes Unique Visitors, But All Other Usage Stats Plummet

    MySpace Stabilizes Unique Visitors, But All Other Usage Stats Plummet

    Check out the graph in my March post about MySpace’s free fall in usage. After a long decline you’d expect a site like MySpace to plateau and find some sort of stable group of users. Instead, all the data says their decline is actually accelerating. So I was surprised to see unique visitors level off over the last two months, according to Comscore. And by level off, I mean a… Read More

  • Exclusive: The Bleak Financial Numbers From The MySpace Sale Pitch Book

    Exclusive: The Bleak Financial Numbers From The MySpace Sale Pitch Book

    Back in 2008 MySpace was on a roll. They racked up $900 million in revenue and the company was still growing. But a year later top execs started to bail (the smart ones went early). Within two months cofounder and CEO Chris DeWolfe was gone. We’ve gotten a copy of the confidential MySpace pitch book that parent company News Corp. has distributed to potential buyers. Notably, that pitch… Read More