I do a LOT of music searching online – I write band biogs, Facebook events and Tweets … I need a great one stop shop for band info (line-up, tour dates, pictures) – and, despite the fact it’s the biggest social network on the web, Facebook is NOT it. It still needs to serious work to bring quick-to-find information together in one go.
Myspace may have had it’s problems (it’s pretty much killed itself as a social network by allowing people to personalise their sites to the extent that they became unreadable and not coming down hard enough on spam in those early days) but it’s still the single best resource for bands. Facebook just doesn’t do it yet, and even bands own websites are either over-stylised, and hence are a navigation nightmare, or are out of date.
Myspace offers all the information in one place. Plus, it’s also normally the 1st or 2nd search when you Google a band.
Well, it was…
Today I’ve noticed a MAJOR shift in the placing of Myspace in the Google search – it doesn’t exist.
I know there’s a LOT of anger about this from bands who use Myspace as their sole online presence – and it’s not going to do Myspace any good at all surely?
Can anyone cast any light on this?
Out of interest, I’ve just received this circular message from Myspace:
Monday 22 November, 2010
From: Myspace UK
Subject: The wait is over…
The new Myspace is here
Since you’ve been so loyal to us, we wanted you to be one of the first to see the newly, redesigned Myspace.
Updated and new features include:
(list embedded and wouldn’t copy on iPhone) will update later …
See what’s new
We’ll be rolling out more changes over the next few months, so stay tuned for more updates.
Your fans at Myspace UK