May 3, 2010

Less than a year ago My Space was the “King of the social networks” now it’s considered little more than a joke. What happened?

Perhaps it was the scandals about the privacy issues that kept popping up, or the rumors about information being sold to third parties that brought the mighty Giant to its knees. Now it is hardly ever mentioned by entertainment and news shows as a way to communicate with them. Instead the public is told to visit their Twitter or Facebook page.

Once it was cool to be on My Space. You could put your music, art, videos, or your innermost thoughts up on the site hoping to be discovered, but then realized you were only being compromised. My Space was a good idea but when it became overcrowded with mediocrity and became rife with opportunists, cyber bullies, and predators…it became nightmare!

I joined Facebook about six months ago, which I soon discovered was allowed to access your addresses, photos, and other personal information every time you joined a club, attended an event, played a game, or joined a cause. Although I reconnected with over 400 people from my past, it just wasn’t worth the price I’d have to pay for the privilege.

When I tried to get more information about Twitter, I mistakenly clicked onto a join button that gave Twitter immediate access to 460 of my e-mail addresses. Before I knew what was happening my entire list was sent an e-mail, supposedly from me, inviting them to join Twitter.

I was outraged by this and wrote several scathing articles about Twitter. Then over the New Year’s weekend of 2009, Biz Stone the creator and CEO, contacted me, then he and staff corrected the problems…which impressed me to no end.

Since that time, Twitter has grown to hundreds of times of what it was, and has been compared to the Pony Express, the telegraph, the telephone, air mail, radio, and television. It is by far the fastest, most immediate, and possibly the most important evolution in communication the world has ever known. I wonder how long it will stay a free service.

How much would you be willing to pay for Twitter? Is a “Tweet really worth a thousand words?”

Here are some images from Twitter that have made the world a little more transparent….from global events to Katy Perry naked in a bathtub with a Pizza!

Copyright 2010 by Artie Wayne



  1. S.J. Dibai Says:

    Ya know, Artie, I tried to be patient with MySpace because I don’t like the soundbite culture of Twitter and Facebook, as you pointed out, compromises your privacy to no end. But in my experience, MySpace couldn’t settle for being a pretty good concept. MySpace kept trying and trying to get fancier, and the more new features it introduced, the less reliable the site became overall. Links were blocked for no good reason, e-mails and friend requests didn’t reach their intended recipients, the notification system was faulty, etc. This is STILL going on more than a year later. As far as I’m concerned, they all suck. I use MySpace and Facebook because I need to, but I am less active on both as time goes on.

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