So I did it. I finally did it. What did I do, you ask? Well, I leaped onto the back of the bandwagon. I got a MySpace profile.

In fact, that’s not strictly true. I’ve had my own little slice of MySpace for about a year now, I just haven’t used it. I signed up when everyone else did and then promptly abandoned my membership. In fact, I got so many “friend requests” from terrible bands and pedophiles-in-the-making that I even abandoned the e-mail account I used to sign up with as well. It just wasn’t worth the bother.

But yesterday, I decided to go back. As the 10th most popularsite on the internet — with 90 million users — I figured MySpace had to have something going for it. (Besides 15-year-old girls with their boobs hanging out of their Forever 21 shirts in the hopes of attracting a few more “OMG, U R SO HOTT” comments from Midwestern frat boys, I mean.) Plus, to be frank, there was some research involved, some potential job-type research. No, honestly, I swear.

So I finally uploaded a photo to the profile that had sat barren for a year and filled in a few of the fields. As I concentrated on the music section, awkwardly and self-consciously typing in a few bands, I had an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. At first, I thought it was merely a throwback to being asked that perennial first-date favorite — “so, what kind of music do you like? — while scrabbling to think of which CDs were in my stereo while my mind went blank.

But then I realized that no, I actually had done this before, the describing of my various interests in an online forum in the hopes of coming across as both bemused and hilarious. I’d done it when filling out a profile for Friendster! Remember Friendster?

Don’t worry, nobody else does, either. It’s very sweet and hopeful of them to have kept their home page up, but the bottom line is that while the then-novel site experienced a few months of raging success when they pioneered the concept of social networking back in early 2003, nobody actually seems to be using Friendster anymore. In fact, according to an October 15 story in The New York Times, it ranked a dismal 14th among all social networking sites tracked by comScore Media Metrix, “trailing even myYearbook.com, a site started last year by a 16-year-old high school student.”

It seems unfair, really, doesn’t it? With MySpace taking over the world, the once-promising Friendster seems to have been trounced by its own success. Still, though, it’s hard to feel too sorry for founder Jonathan Ames, who allegedly not only turned down Google’s offer of $30 million for the site in the hopes of making more on his own, but also, according to Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mark J. Pincus, “started Friendster as a way to surf through his friends’ address books for good-looking girls.”

Oh, Jonathan, how the mighty have fallen, eh? Still, I’ve got this great idea! Looking for girls online, you say? Well, apparently there’s this site called MySpace…

Holly Burns would like to know what kind of music you like. Find her on the web at www.nothingbutbonfires.com.


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