I had dinner with “Jeremy Wright”:http://www.ensight.org last night to discuss our upcoming redesign of “b5media”:http://www.b5media.com. Over the course of our conversation, the topic of MySpace briefly came up. It’s a topic that’s popping up with greater and greater frequency.
Jeremy wrote a “piece”:http://www.ensight.org/archives/2006/02/21/myspace-is-the-new-blogosphere/ about why MySpace scares the crap out of him a couple of weeks ago. His points are mainly valid (MySpace spells the death of the blogosphere), but ultimately I disagree with him.
MySpace is undoubtedly cool. If I were a teenager I’d be all over it. It’s an amazing way to connect and hang out with friends, find new music, pose, preen, and generally be cool. But I’m not a teenager (despite my brain’s insistence that I’m 18). The very things that make MySpace cool to an 18 year old are annoying to me.
Having been a teenager, I feel I have some authority to speak on the dynamic interests of a maturing human. Sure, this teen cohort are growing up with MySpace, Facebook, et al. But as they mature, I believe they will want to strike out from the crowded confines and safety of similarity to the riskier and more rewarding solo sites that make up the blogosphere. I don’t see MySpace killing the blogosphere. I see it as a breeding ground for new bloggers (or whatever we’ll be calling ourselves at the time).
Think about it: this cohort lives online, and lives in text. Right now, group membership is incredibly important. But give that same group five to ten years, and the need to be a member will be replaced with the desire to be an individual.
MySpace doesn’t scare me. It does the exact opposite. I just wish it had been around 20 years ago.