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more myspace woes

barbie doesn't seem to like myspace a lotI ranted about myspace before, and frankly, my experience with it hasn’t really changed my opinion about the social networking site just yet.

Au contraire, my French southern neighbours would say, as I discovered recently that it is quite impossible to publish your own music on myspace if you have by mistake created a plain myspace profile. You see, there are 2 kinds of profiles on myspace, one for artists and one for groupies, euhm, non-artists.

Once you have chosen a side, there is no switching back apparently. No options to switch anywhere, and I checked the FAQ. Nothing in there either. So I tried the email support form. Should get me a straight answer whether or not this kind of thing is possible or not right? And it’s computers ffs, bits and bytes, I’m sure that the difference between a normal profile and an artists is done in the mere flick of a bit, setting a boolean, a single SQL statement on the database right?

barbie takes care of myspace tech supportWell, you do get some answers though. Standard FAQ answers about stuff which is only remotely related to your question.
So in different flavors, while trying to be as clear as possible as to what I wanted (changing the account to an artists account), I got the following answers:

  • 2 x the FAQ answer on how to add a song to your profile page
  • 1 x the FAQ answer on how to become a featured artists…

They’re fucking with me right? How can I be a featured artists if I can’t get an artist profile?
I’m suspecting that they are either outsourcing their email support to people who unfortunately don’t understand English very well, or they have email bot-scripts that scan your mail and automatically reply using a FAQ answer containing the most keywords from your original email.

Deleting your account, and recreating an artists account is the quickest way to do this apparently.

So I just got on it and did exactly that.

Had to do that twice though. I got some server errors in the middle of the registration process the first time and ended up with an oddly crippled account.

And for sticking up with this rant, and reading it all through, you get to download the tune that’s on my bloody myspace in full quality from archive.org.

Ain’t that sweet?

myspace insecurity

Dunno, I had to put some pic in here right?This recent myspace security leak doesn’t come as a surprise to me I have to say. The whole site feels like a hack when you’re using it. Like it’s just a bunch of stuff slapped together into a single app. It makes me think of one of those dreaded pieces of software that was slapped together in a few days for a demo and somehow made it’s way into production. It will never end up being the quality it should have been, because it started out as a quick hack, and now you’re stuck with it. Especially the programmers having to maintain it… *shivers*.

Editing profiles with CSS, passwords limited to a maximum of 8 characters, misleading error messages (try login in with a wrong password), support using oldskool email forms, it just doesn’t look very thought through and professional does it?

Flickr is a better example if you ask me. It started out as a web based game ffs, and turned into a blooming photo sharing app and community, and there’s no old clutter left to be seen, and new features get implemented in a seamless way with the old ones.

But myspace is just too damn popular to ignore right now, no matter how defective it is. The only reason I’m on it is because so many people I know are on it really. That’s it.

The bright side? Well, at least it’s giving me something to rant about. Ha!

where it's at

an exceptionally good looking myspace profileI just noticed that Yahoo! 360° had an update lately. They added a bunch of good features from the look of it, although nothing really that shocking or ground breaking.

Now you have custom themes, embedded video and you’re able to add music to your blast message, which is kinda neat.
Basically all stuff that myspace.com has as well, the only thing is that 360° doesn’t make your eyes bleed when you click through peoples pages.

Everything 360° has is nicely customizable and professional. Myspace look like a hack. You have to inject CSS code in text fields to change your profile layout ffs, which explains why some, euhm, most of those pages look like something made by a 6 year old on crack messing about in MS Frontpage. There are exceptions of course, but it’s tough.
Another funny thing is that I couldn’t pick the password I wanted. It was too long. Security. Who needs it right?

So 360° pwnz myspace.com?

You bet.
The only thing is that people aren’t using it. Theyre all over at myspace. I guess people that own a Mac feel the same way about PC’s. So what can a guy do but join the rest of the JT crew, and claim his very own hideous myspace?

Wheeeee!