Mashable took a good look at Facebook and MySpace and compared these two social networks.
Ben Gold writes:
When you think of social networks you probably think of MySpace. But recently, Facebook has been gaining popularity – since it opened up beyond college users, it has enjoyed a flood of new users, boosted further by the launch of Facebook apps. It’s time these two social networks fought it out.
Each site was evaluate in 5 key areas: Design, Media, Community, Usefulness and Ease of Use.
Check Mashable for the result (hint: MySpace didn’t win it…).
Mashable’s article Best MySpace Layouts That Don’t Look Like MySpace At All lists some great looking layout designs.
Stan Schroeder writes:
There’s an underground trend that’s been going on for quite some time among those who don’t enjoy the usual MySpace layout aesthetic – loud music, tons of animations, layout that’s falling apart and color matching from hell. These folks have gone to great lengths to make their MySpace profiles as different from the “standard” MySpace layout as possible.
More cool MySpace layouts in the comments of the post.
BBC reports that UK band Koopa could become the first unsigned group to land a UK top 40 hit thanks to new chart rules.
Essex based pop/punk band Koopa
Their download-only single Blag, Steal & Borrow is on course to enter Sunday’s top 40, early sales figures suggest.
Chart rules were changed at the start of January to count all digital single sales, even if there is no CD version.
Pretty cool to see an unsigned band get this far partly because of their popularity on MySpace which enabled them to advertise themselves via the internet.
A few months ago Mike Davidson took on the beast that is MySpace and turned it into something pretty sweet.
In his article Mike shows how to customize your MySpace profile so it actually looks clean and professional, unlike the average MySpace page.
If you are on MySpace and have not yet customized your pages, you might want to take the opportunity to read Mike’s Hacking a more tasteful MySpace.