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MySpace Loses Ten Million Users In One Month

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the even-more-than-digg dept.

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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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QQ (5, Interesting)

disopaos (2029158) | more than 3 years ago | (#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:QQ (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655176)

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

Re:QQ (-1, Flamebait)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655178)

QQ is not a "network", it is an instant messaging program. I suppose when you sign up for a QQ account [imqq.com] , you get an unwanted QQ space (Qzone) along with your unwanted QQ email account, but nobody really uses those. Residents of the PRC use Renren, Xiaonei, Kaixin001, Sina, and others [readwriteweb.com] .

Oh, and nice racism there, calling QQ "Chinese", thus implying it is strange and weird. (The technical term is "Orientalism" - implying that "the East" is antithetical to "the West".) QQ has been in use for ages. It is very big in South Africa...uh-oh, South Africa has a lot of black people. Yikes, when we start stereotyping, it's a minefield!

Re:QQ (1)

blai (1380673) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655238)

"Tencent was founded in Shenzhen, China"

Re:QQ (5, Insightful)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655248)

Oh, and nice racism there, calling QQ "Chinese", thus implying it is strange and weird.

I'm pretty sure you're the one who equated Chinese with strange and weird, I don't see that in the OP. Due to the fact that QQ is developed and operated by a Chinese company, there's nothing racist in saying that QQ is Chinese. It is. "Chinese" is not a racist term, it's a demonym.

Re:QQ (4, Insightful)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655434)

Some people see "racism" everywhere. They see race first in just about everything. They are the real racists, but try telling them that, and they'll deny it profusely because the idea that people who inject "race" into everything, even when it is clearly not a factor as being "racism", escapes their limited small minds.

Re:QQ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655260)

The only racists are those that accuse others of racism.

Re:QQ (1)

Illicon (1588477) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655368)

Falsely.

Re:QQ (1)

linux_geek_germany (1079711) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655598)

important addition

Re:QQ (2)

croddy (659025) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655268)

Wikipedia tells me that QQ is owned by a Chinese company and is the most popular IM service in China. Is that incorrect? If so, you may wish to edit the article.

Re:QQ (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655298)

Oh, and nice racism there, calling QQ "Chinese", thus implying it is strange and weird. (The technical term is "Orientalism" - implying that "the East" is antithetical to "the West".) QQ has been in use for ages. It is very big in South Africa...uh-oh, South Africa has a lot of black people. Yikes, when we start stereotyping, it's a minefield!

Wow, seriously? You're essentially putting racist words in his mouth simply because he correctly identified QQ as a Chinese company?

Re:QQ (1)

chispito (1870390) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655346)

Oh, and nice racism there, calling QQ "Chinese", thus implying it is strange and weird. (The technical term is "Orientalism" - implying that "the East" is antithetical to "the West".) QQ has been in use for ages. It is very big in South Africa...uh-oh, South Africa has a lot of black people. Yikes, when we start stereotyping, it's a minefield!

"Strange and weird?" What the hell?

Re:QQ (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655454)

She could have just said, "QQ" instead of "Chinese QQ". A person's definition of the 'Other' is part of what defines or even constitutes the self. It is the process by which societies and groups exclude 'Others' who do not fit into their society. Othering helps distinguish between home and away, the uncertain or certain.

Re:QQ (1)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655376)

Oh, and nice racism there, calling QQ "Chinese", thus implying it is strange and weird. (The technical term is "Orientalism" - implying that "the East" is antithetical to "the West".) QQ has been in use for ages. It is very big in South Africa...uh-oh, South Africa has a lot of black people. Yikes, when we start stereotyping, it's a minefield!

Don't read to much into it, not everything is about race. Maybe he meant it's interesting because unlike the other 2 most of us are unlikely to have heard of it despite its size (I certainly hadn't), thought of that ? And why the heck can't he call it chinese when its wikipedia page says [wikipedia.org] : "Tencent was founded in Shenzhen, China, in 11 November 1998, by Ma Huateng." ?

Re:QQ (1)

skids (119237) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655592)

Or more likely, it's entirely appropriate to note it separately because it serves a larger population, so its subscriber numbers are apples-to-oranges. Though that's not quite yet true as lower penetration of Internet services in China means it has more users than the US, but possibly not more than the US + EU.

Actually I'm more astounded that Windows Live Messenger deserved remark, considering it is but a chat client, hardly a social content repository like facebook or myspace. It had started to do content with the photo-album, but has since punted to integrate with actual social content sites instead,

Re:QQ (2)

Omestes (471991) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655440)

Oh, and nice racism there, calling QQ "Chinese", thus implying it is strange and weird.

So am I racist when I say Facebook is an American company? Since when is referring to where things were founded racism? If I say "LiveJournal is Russian", and I somehow attacking Russians?

Stop being so quick to the gun. I didn't see anything remotely racist in the OP's post, nor, I doubt, did most other people. I don't know why you really want to be offended by things, but it probably isn't healthy. People who constantly look for offense are more annoying than the genuinely offensive.

Re:QQ (1)

linux_geek_germany (1079711) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655554)

Oh, and nice racism there, calling QQ "Chinese", thus implying it is strange and weird.

I always thought that China is inhabitated by homo sapiens as is the whole rest of our planet...

Re:QQ (3, Insightful)

v1 (525388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655232)

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 (4, Insightful)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655344)

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.

Re:QQ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655450)

...or even more likely scam and spam accounts.

Re:QQ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655400)

what is interesting about it is that there a social network filled with 636 million rage quitters. I would imagine there should be no members left.

Re:QQ (1)

skids (119237) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655602)

Maybe it's actually 63.6 million rage quitters and their other nine accounts they are ashamed to log back into.

Re:QQ (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655488)

Hence the saying, "QQ more".

Mexico City analogy. (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655490)

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 because it's an unrewarding task to downscale from corporation to personal blog. The trip up is exciting and potentially rewarding. The trip down is the domain of archivers, fans, etc. and usually the few people that want to do it can't wrest control from the corporate shell. They always want to cling on to that little last bit. They couldn't stand to see anybody make an ordinary small biz out of it, and employ just one or two people, or a small fan site hosted by a non-profit.

Re:QQ (2)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655516)

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

News? (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#35654954)

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.

Re:News? (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655002)

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.

Re:News? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655308)

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

Re:News? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655524)

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.

Re:News? (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655004)

Why will Facebook decline?

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

Re:News? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655094)

Why will Facebook decline? Ebay is still the top auction site (in general) after a decade.

And CNN reports the news. Your point?

Re:News? (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655244)

My point is that staying dominant in a market is easier than becoming dominant. All you basically have if anything vaguely becomes a threat is to copy what makes the up and comers popular if nothing else.

Re:News? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655606)

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 enough.

Re:News? (4, Insightful)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655024)

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.

Re:News? (1)

mlts (1038732) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655356)

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 band site, similar to the heyday of mp3.com.

I'd love to see something replace FB... perhaps a network with security from the ground up built in, and the option for having more elaborate security measures as an option (free or paid), such as a Vasco token, SMS authentication, or something along those lines.

Re:News? (2)

tooyoung (853621) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655604)

The news is that you can actually cancel your account! Now, if I could just remember my password...

Who? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35654974)

Who?

Re:Who? (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655394)

You know. That thing. With the things.

From TFA (0)

Moderator (189749) | more than 3 years ago | (#35654998)

"Zack Whittaker, of business technology news website ZDNet, has commented that he "would be surprised if MySpace survives the year".

Really, I'm surprised it survived this long.

It wouldn't surprise me if Facebook started to decline as well in the next few years. Most of my friends who were using the network back five or six years ago have left. It has become worse than Myspace ever was.

Re:From TFA (1)

fermat1313 (927331) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655048)

You're right, Facebook is definitely on the decline. They've only added 100 million users in the last year.

Your anecdotal evidence about friends who have abandoned it is kind of irrelevant in the face of facts that show Facebook is clearly growing. Like it or not, you can't dislike it into non-existence.

Re:From TFA (2)

wmbetts (1306001) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655262)

But my life coach said if I think hard enough it'll come true!

Obligatory... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655334)

(Homer Simpson): The Internet... Is that thing still around?

Re:From TFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655514)

Like it or not, you can't dislike it into non-existence.

But... but... but... if that's true, what's Slashdot for?

Re:From TFA (1)

gfxguy (98788) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655132)

Huh. I only started using it little more than a year ago. If they shut it off I wouldn't really care, but I have a lot of friends who would.

I did have the misfortune of looking at a few myspace pages, though (never had an account), and they made me want to rip my eyes out. My brother was actually boasting about having his own website and, when I asked what the address was, gave me a link to his myspace page. So... I guess what I'm saying is I don't see how facebook has become worse...

Re:From TFA (3, Insightful)

Octorian (14086) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655364)

You were actually able to view a MySpace page for long enough to want to rip your eyes out? I'm impressed. Back when MySpace was popular, most of those pages would crash my web browser long before I actually got to look at them.

Keep trying... (2)

fermat1313 (927331) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655006)

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.

Re:Keep trying... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655326)

why can't it be saved? people used to say the same about apple before it came out with the ipod/itunes

Re:Keep trying... (2)

Stuntmonkey (557875) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655444)

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... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655504)

Apple?

I don't think it's that bad... (5, Funny)

fivevoltforest (2012744) | more than 3 years ago | (#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.

Huge loss (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655038)

Man, that must suck for Tom. Its hard to lose friends, especially 10 million of them.

Re:Huge loss (1)

superslacker87 (998043) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655170)

Heh. When I was on Myspace, the first thing I did was defriend him.

Spring Cleaning! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655060)

Must have done some spring cleaning on there user db. Last login over 2 years ago sort of thing.

And nothing ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655064)

... of value was lost.

Murdoch (1, Interesting)

firewrought (36952) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655098)

Thank goodness he bet on the wrong social network. If you think Facebook is evil now, imagine that tyrant at the wheel...

Re:Murdoch (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655134)

Had he managed to buy FB, which he can't actually afford, people would have left in droves too.

Re:Murdoch (2)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655386)

This is true, but at the time he bought MySpace, it was worth a lot more than Facebook was. Which is why he bought it. He thought he was going to rule with MySpace and Facebook would remain smaller forever.

Re:Murdoch (2)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655142)

>Thank goodness he bet on the wrong social network.

MySpace is what you get when Rupert Murdoch tries to be hip. He should stick to scaring old people and giving them sound bite answers to complex problems, it's what he does best.

10,000,001 (5, Funny)

DynamoJoe (879038) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655110)

i knew I forgot something....

And nothing of value was lost... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655112)

And nothing of value was lost...

Good Job FBI (1)

Nameisyoung007 (1009935) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655114)

I didn't know the FBI's Pedophile Hunting Team was doing such a great job! 10 million accounts closed in a month?

oh, you mean there are other people who still use(d) MySpace? #newsToMe

wrong place for my bandsite (2, Funny)

ruebarb (114845) | more than 3 years ago | (#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

Re:wrong place for my bandsite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655530)

You're a whore.

this is facebook's fate too (5, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655136)

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 social network (2)

rednip (186217) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655216)

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

Re:The next social network (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655250)

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?

Re:The next social network (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655314)

You can't sue me.... we're twins and only one of us is guilty...but which one... which one? My twin is my alibi and my twin's alibi is me.

Re:The next social network (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655392)

actually, everybody commenting on this board is the many different personalities of one insane individual. only you are a different person, who has unwittingly descended into the petty internal arguments of a deranged mind

hmmm... that's actually a good plot for a matrixy inceptiony type movie

oh shit! intellectual property disclosed in public again! curses!

Re:The next social network (1)

rednip (186217) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655352)

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.

Re:The next social network (0)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655406)

exactly!

and my plan is to open a social network where whatever people talk about i sue them on the basis that what they said is my personal intellectual property. i'll make billions

Re:The next social network (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655610)

Forget both of yall - I will implement it and you can quibble about who thought of it first.

Re:The next social network (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655408)

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 (3, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655578)

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

Re:this is facebook's fate too (1)

Octorian (14086) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655426)

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.

Re:this is facebook's fate too (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655564)

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 the young hipsters are currently flocking to.
 
And like Disneyworld, every one else is seeking to locate nearby (I.E. the 'share' buttons on damn near every website) in order to take advantage of the millions flocking there. What's dying, in the virtual world as in the real, are all the old and increasingly decrepit attractions and lodgings scattered about that can't take advantage of this. Equally, I suspect that while the hipsters may lemming from one nightclub to the next - they'll take their kids to Disneyworld.

Re:this is facebook's fate too (1, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655618)

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 beholden to selling your personal info to keep running

Re:this is facebook's fate too (1)

Goalie_Ca (584234) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655616)

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 become useful and we couldn't avoid it. Within 2 years or so, everyone was allowed on it and facebook changed it's layout and feature set about a dozen times to reflect this. It's less about professional now and more about social. Everyone is on it and the desire for exclusivity is long gone since we realize it's just better to have everyone on it. That's kind of the point of these things.

63 million users (1)

mrdoogee (1179081) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655154)

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

It's called my[___] now (3, Funny)

Control-Z (321144) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655158)

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

Re:It's called my[___] now (2)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655222)

That space represents the increasingly empty void of content and creativity. Expect to see their name get longer with time.

Band Spam? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655164)

I started getting spam messages from bands. Maybe they tweaked something resulting in spam message increase and people are bailing.

Even Tom left. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655180)

Actually, he took the money are ran a while ago.

Thanks (0)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655196)

Thanks for reminding me to close my account!

Do you mean... (-1, Troll)

JockTroll (996521) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655210)

... All those emo pieces of shit have finally gone and committed suicide for real? That would be too good to be true. 10 million loserboys dead, rotting before their webcams, maggots eating out their tear-filled eyes, pus and eyeliner leaking to the floor, all to an endlessly repeating playlist made up entirely of My Chemical Romance and Paramore. Aaah, the sweet stench of loser death.

Future...??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655214)

Just shows the future of all Social Networking -

MySpace lost over ten million users ? (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655228)

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."

1 million users lost? (2)

Burning1 (204959) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655264)

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 (2, Interesting)

gQuigs (913879) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655272)

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]

Re:Owned by NewsCorp (2)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655552)

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.

Woot! (1)

Fujisawa Sensei (207127) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655304)

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

but I love slashbook.org! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655312)

I do!

Myspace and Rustock Botnet (2)

thejuggler (610249) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655366)

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?

And yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655388)

The world did not end.

Let's abandon facebook and other phantom interactions too. Pretty soon I suspect it'll be like the talking walls in F451.

Myspace Beta killed the musical star (1)

Craig Maloney (1104) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655404)

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.

I tried to cancel Myspace, they activated email! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655416)

I closed my Myspace account a few weeks ago, and when I filled out the online cancel account form, they sent me a 'confirmation' email stating, "Thanks for activating your Myspace.com email address!" Talk about clingy! I had to cancel again and after verifying my request in another email it finally worked. Desperate I guess...

I created a MySpace page as a joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655482)

I created a MySpace page as a joke years ago. Never went back. It seemed like a place where teenagers posted naughty pics and hooked up. The pages remined me of those horrible free web pages from Geocities.

Facebook is place where my mom would have a page and I think that an older crowd and businesses found a home there. I don't care about it either.

Fewer! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35655486)

"In February 2011, the Internet website had less than 63 million users, down from a previous total of approximately 73 million."

Actually, I'm pretty sure it had fewer than 63 million users...

I can't wait... (1)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655522)

...until that starts happening at Facebook.

Loss? (1)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 3 years ago | (#35655548)

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

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