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MySpace Loses Ten Million Users In One Month 336

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Goldiloxx writes "Social networking website MySpace lost over ten million users between January and February 2011, according to comScore. In February 2011, the Internet website had less than 63 million users, down from a previous total of approximately 73 million."
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MySpace Loses Ten Million Users In One Month

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  • QQ (Score:5, Interesting)

    by disopaos (2029158) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @01:14PM (#35654946)
    MySpace has no change in surviving anymore. Facebook has 600+ million users and Windows Live Messenger has 330+ million users. The only larger network than those two is interestingly Chinese QQ, which has 636 million users.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      For those who don't know, "QQ" is a pair of crying eyes in ascii. That's why it's so interesting.

    • Re:QQ (Score:4, Insightful)

      by v1 (525388) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @01:35PM (#35655232) Homepage Journal

      MySpace has no change in surviving anymore.

      That's like saying "AOL has no chance in surviving" now that dialup is a joke. But yet, they remain....

      Most things that have gotten that big will die a very slow death.

      • Re:QQ (Score:5, Funny)

        by Zerth (26112) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @02:26PM (#35655988)

        Once all the old people who don't realize AOL is still hitting their credit card have died, so will AOL.

    • Re:QQ (Score:5, Insightful)

      by blair1q (305137) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @01:42PM (#35655344) Journal

      Do you really believe that Facebook has 600 million users? Or is it more like 600 million unique login names?

      Because I personally know several people with several dozen accounts that they use to game the games that require you to have scads of social acquaintances willing to play the games along with you.

      I'd put FB's real usership at 50-150 million. The rest are fake.

      • by egamma (572162)

        Do you really believe that Facebook has 600 million users? Or is it more like 600 million unique login names?

        Because I personally know several people with several dozen accounts that they use to game the games that require you to have scads of social acquaintances willing to play the games along with you.

        I'd put FB's real usership at 50-150 million. The rest are fake.

        You're assuming that everyone creates duplicate accounts. I don't know a single person who does. I think that there are at least 400 million real accounts. ...And I have as much evidence for my position, as you have for yours.

    • Hence the saying, "QQ more".

    • Bakersfield has no chance of surviving. New York MSA has 19 million+ residents and LA has 17 million+ residents. The only other city north of the Isthmus larger than those two is interestingly Mexico City, which has 22.8 million.

      Granted that there are a lot more people who want to live in the other three. The point is, mom-n-pop stores exist despite the onslaught of the big boxes. Internet sites are probably more egalitarian.

      Someone will probably pull the plug on MySpace at some point though, if only b

    • by l0ungeb0y (442022)

      The only larger network than those two is interestingly Chinese QQ, which has 636 million users.

      Well, considering that the population of China is just over 1.3 billion, I think that size of user base is to be expected

  • I'm surprised it's not more. Facebook is at or near its apex, and will soon experience the same downward slippage. Twitter should have IPOâ(TM)d long ago, they missed the money boat.
    • The even cooler news is 1/7.3 or 13.7% of their users migrated away in one month. Imagine Slashdot losing 10 million users? That happens like every day; the flux is probably on the order of 40 million. When you don't have 2.8 billion page hits an hour though, losing ten or twenty million users is pretty big.
      • by hedwards (940851)

        My initial reaction was, "MySpace had 10 million users?"

        • by gstoddart (321705)

          My initial reaction was, "MySpace had 10 million users?"

          Mine was more along the lines that since I hadn't heard them mentioned in any news stories for so long, they likely didn't exist anymore. :-P

          Obviously, not being a user I have no idea ... I know Facebook still exists, because they're in the news all of the time.

        • Who knew there were that many 14 year old Emo chicks?
    • by rolfwind (528248)

      Why will Facebook decline?

      Ebay is still the top auction site (in general) after a decade.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Ebay and Facebook are different beasts, but Facebook can remain the top social networking site while still being in decline. Maybe it's because I think Facebook's appeal is in part due to its relative newness.

        "Hey, I can post my thoughts in one place and all these people will see them!"

        "Hey, I haven't talked to her in years and now I can find out what's going on in her daily life without picking up the phone."

        After awhile you realize that getting the 1 page update in the Xmas card each year is more than eno

      • by istartedi (132515)

        eBay seems like a natural monopoly to me. When you auction something, you have to pick one site. You can't auction the same item at multiple auction sites. Since everybody has to pick one, they pick what they think is the best one. For an auction "best" is closely tied to "popular" since exposure is important. Once a clear winner emerged, it was all she wrote.

        Frankly, I'm surprised that eBay/paypal gets away with this monopoly. It definitely keeps me away. I'd like to see them forced to use competing

    • Re:News? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by sandytaru (1158959) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @01:19PM (#35655024) Journal
      MySpace is destined to go the way of Geocities, Livejournal, etc. The latter is still hanging on by a thread, the former was devoured by Yahoo! who then killed it. And yes, Twitter is about to follow suit. Facebook I'm not so sure will suffer the same fate. The partnership with Zynga and its addictive games means that it will have users for years who would have otherwise dumped the site for greener pastures. The only danger is when/if Zynga abandons Facebook to strike out on its own, allowing access via apps from mobile devices directly. That will be FB's downfall.
      • by RJHelms (1554807)

        I'm not surprised they are losing this many users. Rather than stagnating and becoming irrelevant like Geocities and Livejournal, MySpace is actively alienating it's userbase.

        They saw that people were moving to other platforms, and decided to engage in a poorly thought out redesign that took the features people actually used, and removed, broke, or hid them.

        I haven't deleted my MySpace accounts, but as a musician until recently did have a worthwhile reason for logging in periodically to keep in touch with v

        • by shermo (1284310)

          Agreed. MySpace was in a great position to become THE indy music network, but they failed to realise that opportunity and went through with a massive redesign that alienated all those users.

    • by mlts (1038732) *

      I'd disagree. There isn't a social networking site that is cool enough to compete with FB as of now.

      When FB came to common view, for a couple years, it and MySpace coexisted, where the "cool" kids were on MySpace and the others ended up on FB. Then by the force of peer pressure, pretty much people moved to FB in toto.

      MySpace still may exist -- it is a decent place for bands and having music ready to listen to. However, as a social network, its days are past. Maybe MySpace's best bet is to retool as a ba

    • by tooyoung (853621)
      The news is that you can actually cancel your account! Now, if I could just remember my password...
      • Re:News? (Score:4, Informative)

        by tooyoung (853621) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @02:20PM (#35655900)
        When I cancelled my account, I noticed a few interesting things:

        1. My list of friends was significantly reduced from what it had been in the past, making me think that they cancelled their accounts.
        2. Myspace is completely different looking than it was however long ago I last logged in. You wouldn't even recognize it now. Apparently when they redid the look, they wiped out any customized backgrounds that were set.
        3. For some reason, myspace decided that I am following Justin Bieber, Russell Crowe, Tom Petty, and a whole slew of other celebrities, most of which I have never heard of. The entire content of my 'home' screen is a bunch of updates from bands and actors that I have no interest in.
        4. None of my remaining friends have posted a comment in over a year.
        5. I apparently 'earned' a 'badge' for joining myspace 'before it was cool'. I'm pretty sure I was a late adopter.
        6. You can cancel your account, but it is a separate step process that involves you responding to a confirmation email. Perhaps that is reasonable. They grovel for you to stay at several points in the process.
        • by Dogtanian (588974)

          Apparently when they redid the look, they wiped out any customized backgrounds that were set.

          And that's a bad thing???!!!!

          As far as I'm concerned, MySpaces eye-gougingly fugly "customized backgrounds" should have been nuked from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

    • by skids (119237)

      When twitter first rolled out I suspected, because it was being so relentlessly hyped, that it was some sort of venture capital ploy. I haven't followed, do they have a financial plan yet?

  • From TFA:

    MySpace's Chief Executive Officer Michael Jones has claimed that the website is "no longer a social network anymore" and that it is currently a "social entertainment destination".

    Allow me to translate: "Our business model is screwed, because someone else did it much better, so we're desperately trying to rebrand ourself as something else"

    It's in people's nature to never give up, keep trying to the bitter end, but this is a sinking ship that cannot be saved.

    • Their CEO has a background in international business and marketing [wikipedia.org]. Talk about the kiss of death for a technology company.

      Has there ever been a successful tech company run by a marketing person? This is an honest question.

      • Re:Keep trying... (Score:4, Informative)

        by vlm (69642) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @02:07PM (#35655700)

        Has there ever been a successful tech company run by a marketing person? This is an honest question.

        DAK is as close as I can think of. I enjoyed reading his catalog. Of course they went bankrupt but for many years they were somewhat successful.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DAK_Industries [wikipedia.org]

        The wikipedia article carefully avoids discussing the demise of DAK, but as I recall the problem was he was quite talented at profitably selling "last years stereo" but he bought heavily, and tried to sell "last years computer" and went bankrupt.

  • by fivevoltforest (2012744) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @01:19PM (#35655026)
    I doubt they actually lost 10 million users, probably just a few thousand 50-year-old men *pretending* to be 10 million teenage girls.
  • 10,000,001 (Score:5, Funny)

    by DynamoJoe (879038) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @01:25PM (#35655110)
    i knew I forgot something....
  • by ruebarb (114845) <colorache@@@hotmail...com> on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @01:26PM (#35655122)

    so printing my myspace address on the back of a CD like I did 3 years ago was a bad idea?

    crap

    www.myspace.com/russbro - say hello to www.facebook.com/russbrownmusic

    • The irony is myspace seems to be the place all musical artists go to these days, with facebook being an afterthought. I do concert and show promotion as a side business and I see tons of myspace band sites still. Facebook doesn't really cater to them like myspace did. It's ashame.

    • by shish (588640) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @04:43PM (#35658288) Homepage
      Protip to all musicians (and indeed, everyone everywhere): for about $10/year you can buy a domain name, put that on your CDs / business cards / etc, and stick up a redirect to whichever social network you're on this week
  • anyone remember friendster?

    it's my belief that social networks will rise and fall, endlessly in succession. simply because ubiquity eventually becomes a liability amongst a crowd who views exclusion and superiority to be more important. eventually, one of these smaller exclusive networks becomes the object of envy for others to be "in" that exclusive group, and the long march to ubiquity begins, until you start all over again

    its an empty vapid game. its also pretty much boilerplate sociological fact. consider nightclubs in cities: the small chic "in" club that everyone wants to get into, overexposure, then decline because the "cool" kids want their own exclusive club. rinse, repeat

    and no, facebook will not become ubiquitous plumbing. because they need to make money to survive. to make that money, they need to sell the personal details of their members. which is a force that will drive people from facebook as they wise up to how creepy that really is: by feeding their personal details to the machine, they are telling their abuser how to abuse them

    so be on the lookout for the next friendster/ myspace/ facebook. could be diaspora. or maybe being programmed right now in some dorm room. $$$ to the chaps who start/ find the right network at the right time, and ride that rocket all the way up

    • The next and 'final' social network will be an open source peer-to-peer network with commercial caching and hosting; if my plan works.
      • hey! that's my plan!

        maybe i can sue you for billions for disclosure of intellectual property secrets on a public comment board. hmmm. the question is, what technology did you use to read my mind?

        • by rednip (186217)
          I did not detail the plan, I promised the results of the plan in broad terms. Sadly, however, the patent office doesn't seem to know the difference either.
      • by CastrTroy (595695)
        I've always thought this was a much more viable solution. Host your own data on your own servers, or get a free/paid account from and account provider. Kind of like the way email works. Design a set of protocols for sharing this information, and let everyone use whatever provider they want. Let everyone be in control of their own data.
        • exactly (Score:4, Insightful)

          by circletimessquare (444983) <circletimessquare AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @01:58PM (#35655578) Homepage Journal

          you're talking about a social network protocol, like http, smtp, nntp, etc

          the point is, we'd have many different internets today if it was started as different walled gardens you had to pay for. well, actually, that is the way it was: bbses, compuserve, etc. all of which died in favor of the free and the open

          so end game for friendster/ myspace/ facebook is a free and open social network protocol. sntp sounds too confusingly like smtp so lets call it...

          vytp

          vapid yammering transfer protocol

        • by tukang (1209392)
          I came up with a similar idea but concluded that even though the idea of controlling your own data is attractive - the work that goes into maintaining your own server is not. Who's going to make sure your server is up 24/7 and maintain it? Your average facebook user will not be interested in that.
      • The next and 'final' social network will be an open source peer-to-peer network with commercial caching and hosting; if my plan works.

        The problem with that theory is that people who care about open source and peer-to-peer are basically just the Slashdot crowd, and they won't have any friends to link to!

      • Great, you just invented ... the Internet! Al Gore is gonna be PISSED

    • by Octorian (14086)

      anyone remember friendster?

      Oh, that service... The one where I had maybe one or two friends sent me invites from a few years ago, I foolishly signed up, and to this day I still keep getting periodic automated E-Mails from?

      Still haven't seen a reason to login since.

    • its an empty vapid game. its also pretty much boilerplate sociological fact. consider nightclubs in cities: the small chic "in" club that everyone wants to get into, overexposure, then decline because the "cool" kids want their own exclusive club. rinse, repeat

      The problem with your analogy is that Facebook isn't a chic 'in' club for young hipsters. It's Disneyworld and *everyone* is there - Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, Dad, all the aunts and uncles, all the cousins... And they don't give a damn which nightclub

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        you are making the ubiquitous plumbing end game argument. remember compuserve? at one time, we had walled gardens you had to pay for like compuserve. all swept aside by a free and open internet. likewise, facebook can have all the inertia in the world, but it can't compete with free and open. and as time goes on, could take five years, could take ten years, you reach a tipping point, and it becomes a mass exodus. so facebook is not end game. end game is something like facebook, but free and open and not beh

    • by Goalie_Ca (584234)
      I joined when you used to have to belong to a university network and it tied into your university email account. It was a nice place for students so sure, and it was good to be exclusive. It kept things more intelligent at first and seemed more adult. This was the era of myspace and social networking really hadn't taken off yet. I guess the perception was that only 13 year old idiots and pervs join these contentless voids and that's really why I and my friends resisted at first. But then it started to becom
      • i see you understand the resistance to myspace that made exclusivity attractive, but you say its better to have everyone on it. what i'd like you to consider is that you are only 120 degrees of an arc along a story that has an endless 360 degree circle. the story keeps going around and around: 1. desire for exclusivity, 2. desire for ubiquity, rinse, repeat

    • it's my belief that social networks will rise and fall, endlessly in succession. simply because ubiquity eventually becomes a liability amongst a crowd who views exclusion and superiority to be more important

      That sounds like a fair description of Slashdot, but does it really apply to Facebook?

    • by timeOday (582209)

      ubiquity eventually becomes a liability amongst a crowd who views exclusion and superiority to be more important.

      But that's exactly the key innovation of facebook - exclusion. All its users are not in one big group that can all see each other; you have to be invited, i.e. "friended." Thus the lame people aren't too bothersome to the cool people, even if they do access the same domain name. Friend networks can rise and fall all within facebook. At least that's the idea. We'll see.

  • And 62.9 Million of them are pornobots and promotional pages for crappy bands.

  • by Control-Z (321144) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @01:30PM (#35655158)

    As if it could get any worse, now their name has underscores in it.

  • So, where are they? Abducted by aliens? Can Mulder and Scully look into this? Spontaneous human combustion? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spontaneous_human_combustion [wikipedia.org] ? Maybe they are on a small island in the Pacific, playing Pinochle ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinochle [wikipedia.org] ) with Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison?

    Question: "How do you lose ten million users? " Answer: "One customer at a time."

  • by Burning1 (204959) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @01:37PM (#35655264) Homepage

    Does that include users who have abandoned the service?

    I have a myspace account. I don't think I've updated it in 5 years.

  • Owned by NewsCorp (Score:3, Interesting)

    by gQuigs (913879) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @01:38PM (#35655272) Homepage

    Awesome news. I wish it had more to do with people actively looking at boycotting News Corp.

    I've been working on a firefox extension to help people boycott News Corp, NBC and others: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/webcott/ [mozilla.org]
    Also looking at alternatives to myspace here: http://bryanquigley.com/webcott/leave-myspace-for-wordpress-com [bryanquigley.com]

    • Yes, the correct thing to do is exclude yourself from experiencing diverse points of view. Scientology did the same thing, its adherents boycott heretical websites via an automated filter. Remember, ideas are weapons, don't let yourself think dangerous or subversive ideas.
      • by gQuigs (913879)

        The add-on can also be used to just tell you which sites are owned by key corporate entities (News Corp, GE, etc).

        Ideas are indeed weapons.

    • While we're on the topic, this one blocks Newscorp articles (Fox News and WSJ) from displaying in Google news:

      http://userstyles.org/styles/13510 [userstyles.org]

  • Now that's what I call a good start! just 63 million to go!

  • by thejuggler (610249) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @01:43PM (#35655366) Homepage Journal
    Interesting coincidence that the Rustock Botnet spam network was taken down and MySpace loses 10 Million accounts? I know these two events can't be connected to each other, right?
    • Considering Rustock was taken down in March and this is data between January and February I'd say it's probably not related.

  • Considering their new beta plan screwed up a lot of sites for bands, I think the migration numbers are not only right, but also will increase as more bands move to other social media platforms. The only reason I even think to go to Myspace is because some band has made it their landing page. If Myspace continues to be hostile to the only group that keeps it alive, they will have no choice but to go away.

  • You may have chosen to close your account, but they still have your data.

  • Can't it just Google them?
  • MySpace was the GeoCities of social media sites. Every page had horrific backgrounds and thousands of animated GIFs and there was crap blinking everywhere.

    I'm surprised that a good percentage of MySpace users didn't die from epileptic seizures induced by all that flashing.

  • Just the other day I got an event invite on facebook for a "delete your account party"

    The description said "hey people im deleting my facebook. you should too! you can reach me at...." he rambled off a bunch of email, IM, forum contacts and a voip. I made it a point that he shouldnt try to influence people to give up facebook just because does. I then pointed out that its counterproductive to replace x with y and z if they function exactly the same and everyone uses x anyway.

    He didnt give a phone# or

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