Friend Request Sent

Words by Maia Henderson

Art by Connie Zhou

 

 

Just when we thought Facebook had beat out every social media site, MySpace is back in full force, ready to reclaim its throne.

 

 

Let’s face it: we were all hesitant to give up our MySpace when Facebook originally came out. We had just perfected our quotes section and mastered the bathroom selfie for our profile pic. The fact that typing “♥” actually made a graphic black heart in the content of the message blew our minds. Our top eight friends had been chosen and ordered, a decision that affected our lunch table position for the whole week. Choosing what song played when people visited your page defined who you were and how hip your taste was.

 
MySpace decisions made or broke you back in the day. It was one of the first real online social media sites, and after some time, we threw it all away for Facebook. It was the typical coming of age story: Facebook handed us the mature, uniform blue and white and reminded us that we are all the same. We didn’t need customized graphic backgrounds anymore, right? RIGHT?
(Note: If you don’t remember any of this, you’ve either been living under a rock or are about ten years old.)

 
Now, MySpace is friend-requesting us like never before, with a total redesign and a fresh new appeal. The release date for the new design has yet to be determined, but once it is, I beg you to give it another chance. The old MySpace, neatly laid out with sections such as “Who I’d Like To Meet” and “Interests,” left no room for originality. Viewers overlooked those sections because they grew immune to the same monotone setup from page to page. It bored them. The new site, though, incorporates Twitter and the “enemy,” Facebook, as well as Pinterest and Spotify. Using all those sites gives you an enormous chance to show your personality. The new MySpace has been born — and everyone loves a comeback kid.
You can share ideas, images, and music all while buying tickets to events or tracking where Justin Timberlake’s biggest fan base is located. You can even post your exact party playlist from the night before, so everyone can relive the mayhem as they scroll through photos of that random girl puking.
All the new effects are laid out on one of the most beautiful graphic remodels I’ve ever seen. The unique, mainly horizontal layout brings images to the forefront instead of presenting a text-dominated page. But, does MySpace really deserve a second chance after it slid down into catastrophe, gaining a creepy reputation involving old men and potential stalkers?

 
Yes, give MySpace a chance — but don’t delete your Facebook. You’ve put too much time and work into your Facebook, and MySpace doesn’t exactly make a scrapbook of your life like Facebook can. Besides, your grandchildren are going to be pretty damn impressed by the 42 comments and 100 likes on that picture of you doing a three-story beer bong during MayFest. And if that criticism saying our generation is too connected gets under your skin, feel free to forfeit something like your stalling Google Plus or Friendster account to make room.

 
Everything deserves a second chance — except those horrible sheet-like ponchos we wore back in the day and the frosted tips we actually thought enhanced guys’ looks. I promise MySpace will not only help put off your pointless poetry paper, but will also provide doors of opportunities to create networks, form new ideas, and reconnect you with an old interest you had forgotten about.

 
So let’s ignore the thought that one more iPhone app proves our generation is too connected to technology, because there is something to be admired about the rebuttal MySpace offers. It’s like it knows how it impacted our lives when we discovered it the first time, and is now pleading for a second chance to influence us. This site, just like the old one, will reel in all types of people. Whether you are a musician looking to have your music heard, a photographer desperate for publicity, or an everyday person interested in a wide range of subjects, MySpace can fulfill your needs. But the visual imagery creates a brand-new experience, which strays from the old MySpace’s “what you see is what you get” layout. I really see this new experience benefitting our generation.

 
If you sign up to “get in the know” after the remodel is done, you’ll be one of the cool kids — I promise.
Plus, you won’t even be forced to have Tom as your friend.

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