In a scene resembling a formal surrender, MySpace joined with Facebook today to make an announcement that, in our opinion, pretty much makes MySpace about the most useless site in existence.
Recently the news came out that MySpace probably only has quarters to live, but now we’re wondering why they’re even bothering to keep trying. Mike Jones, the CEO of MySpace, joined with Facebook’s VP of Partnerships and Platform Marketing Dan Rose (Zuckerberg couldn’t be bothered? Kind of a slap in the face.) to announce that you can now login to MySpace with your Facebook account.
Not only that, but you can import your interests and likes in to your MySpace account now in an effort to make it easier for you to connect with bands and brands that you enjoy. Your status messages can also go over if you connect your accounts. And in probably the biggest puzzler, MySpace will be integrating Facebook Like buttons all across the site.
In other words, MySpace just ceased to exist and became an annex of Facebook.
It just became that much easier for someone to say, “Why am I even bothering to login to MySpace when I’m doing all this Facebook stuff?”
The whole debacle is being called “Mashup with Facebook” (notice MySpace’s name doesn’t even get mentioned), and the whole thing just rings like a formal surrender. News Corp couldn’t try to sell the service off? They couldn’t have just gone on gracefully? No, they just literally handed the keys to the kingdom to Facebook.
I’ve seen a lot of odd things in my time as a writer, but this has to rank up there in the top five for sure.
What say you? Did MySpace just lose all relevancy?