Oh, you know this one’s gonna be fun!
If you you were ever a tweener, pre-teen, or teenager during 2003-2009, you just let out a collective sigh full of nostalgia and regret.
Honestly, though. I just remembered Myspace today and I actually found my profile! It’s awful! There’s really not much left on there but I had a pretty good laugh.
Now, you may read these reasons and think that they were the bane of your Myspace existence. That’s ok! This is subjective! My reasons are riddled with happiness and regret so you’re not alone.
Here are 8 reasons Myspace was the Best/Worst social media network!
8.) Rite of Passage
Myspace was the shizz-nizz of a teenager’s social life. If you didn’t have a Myspace you were incredibly un-cool and probably had no friends. I remember having to plead with my parents to have a Myspace. It was a desperation move! I had to be cool! I HAD TO!
7.) Top Friends
Nothing made you feel more loved, hated, or conflicted than trying to choose your “top friends.” Somebody over at Myspace thought it was a good idea for you to have a hierarchy of your friend’s importance in your life. Arguments, relationships, or break-ups were had over the top friend’s list! You pretty much knew you were cool if you made it on to at least 5 people’s top 10 (Wasn’t this guy). Also, it was pretty much an obligation if you were in a relationship to have your bae as number 1. If not, odds are your relationship wouldn’t last long.
We all know who Zuckerberg is but he doesn’t fill us with as much joy, or nostalgia, as the classic profile picture and persona of Tom! Nobody knew who he was but we all added him as our friend. He was a myth, a legend! He was Tom! Turns out, Tom isn’t doing so bad for himself. Good on ya, Tom!
5.) Awkward Bathroom Selfies
What was it in our pre-pubescent minds that made us think bathroom selfies were cool? Whatever it was skyrocketed our photography skills because we couldn’t post that picture until the flash hit the mirror just right! Oh, speck on the mirror? Better take another one! Did your friend find a cooler way to look stupid in the mirror? Better move him down to number 7 on your friend’s list! That’ll teach him!
4.) Profile Music
Nothing described a person, or gave you a better idea of who you were creepin’ on, better than your profile music. Hours were spent on choosing the right song, in the right order, and for the right day. If I remember correctly, I had a lot of screamo music, punk rock, and then some mellow mixes just to keep people on their toes. Was the person a Christian, a rebel, or a hick? You won’t know until that media player kicks up and starts blastin’ those tunes!
3.) Midnight Survey Posts
I don’t know about you but I loved doing those random surveys. You know, the ones that asked you a hundred questions and then you tagged your friends to see? They were all over the place! I personally used them to drop hints that I liked somebody and that I was feeling sad because the emotions weren’t being reciprocated. *Sigh* All in the life of a 13 year old.
2.) Personal Background Themes
Talk about the bomb.com! Myspace let you play with your profile colors AND the background image! Got a great pic that you want representing what you’re all about?! Put it up! Can’t think of one off the top of your head? There were websites dedicated to creating profile themes for you. I personally loved the backgrounds with the lightning and tornados. That coupled with my emo music made for a pretty eye catching, delirious, almost slightly terrifying experience on my 12 year old self’s web page. Not much has changed.
1.) Dat Nostalgia Doe!
I’m pretty sure we’re all on Facebook. If you’re not, you’re probably living a life of relative ease and contentment. If you are on Facebook, I can almost guarantee that you don’t associate nostalgia with it. The biggest catalyst for me being nostalgic is thinking on my days with a Myspace. This site shaped me as a teenager and gave me a great introduction to the social media world. Maybe Facebook will make us feel that way when we all get bored and move on to something else? Who knows!
There you have it! Did you ever have a Myspace? What were your biggest regrets/greatest moments? If you can remember, try logging back on to your page! I’m sure you’ll be feeling all of the feels when you get done with that.
Thanks for reading and Tom, thanks for being our greatest friend, our most silent ally, and our introduction to the world we now live in.