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MySpace and the Coding Legacy it Left Behind
For an entire generation, MySpace was a gateway to writing code. We looked back on the site's code editor and explained how it led to the site’s downfall.
myspace  personalization  customizing  css  html  history 
4 weeks ago by raphman
When Myspace Was King, Employees Abused a Tool Called ‘Overlord’ to Spy on Users - VICE
During the social network's heyday, multiple Myspace employees abused an internal company tool to spy on users, in some cases including ex-partners, Motherboard has learned.

Named 'Overlord,' the tool allowed employees to see users' passwords and their messages, two former employees said. While the tool was originally designed to help moderate the platform and allow MySpace to comply with law enforcement requests, multiple sources said the tool was used for illegitimate purposes by employees wh...
myspace  socialmedia  surveillance  tech  internet 
june 2019 by max_read
Lost MySpace Songs
From 2003 to 2012, Myspace was the premier place for bands to post their music. In 2018, it lost it all in a botched server migration. The Internet Archive has managed to get their hands on a collection of nearly half a million songs, and has made them available in a searchable interface. Please enjoy exploring the collection below.
MySpace  InternetArchive 
april 2019 by CBanga
A continuous streaming music player that allows you to listen to the Myspace Dragon Hoard archive: 490k recovered songs from 120k artists, with filtering by genre (+ more soon).
socialmedia  music  history  archive  myspace 
april 2019 by mikael
Myspace's music purge is the latest cultural scrubbing we'll regret
Today, 2005 occupies that awkward space between recent past and embarrassingly dated. Is the loss of a few tracks by my teenage band a great loss to future musical historians? Out of a dutiful sense of modesty, I’m going to say no. But what value will the future place on, say, a Japanese witch house band, or an EDM producer working from her mum’s spare room in Bunbury, WA? Only time and hindsight will show us what we’ve really lost.
dd  mi  myspace 
april 2019 by motiveunknown
Jeffree Star's is taking over with YouTube and his cosmetics company
Star worked with both Kesha and Nicki Minaj early on, and had hits with songs like "Beauty Killer" and "Prom Night." It was around this time that Star transitioned from MySpace to YouTube, where he shared colorful music videos that highlighted his costuming and makeup talents. He signed a record deal with Akon's label in 2010, but never released a second album. In 2018, Star told Shane Dawson in an interview that personality clashes with Akon led him to quit making music in 2013.
dd  bf  YouTube  myspace 
april 2019 by motiveunknown
The Cons and Pros of the Myspace Data Loss
Losing enormous amounts of user data is an unmitigated screw-up, even on a modern internet that craves ephemerality.
myspace  digitalpreservation  webarchiving 
april 2019 by jessogden
History Disappeared When Myspace Lost 12 Years of Music, and It Will Happen Again | Pitchfork
But what is most telling about this massive loss of digital data is that it actually happened months ago, and few seemed to take notice of or complain about the broken links. Which would seem to make the Myspace story less about a loss of information, than about a loss of interest.
myspace  preservation  archives 
march 2019 by jomc
History Disappeared When Myspace Lost 12 Years of Music, and It Will Happen Again
We may indeed be living in a digital dark age. But what I can’t picture is why this digital dark age will ever end, what would cause a future renaissance to cast it in retrospective shadow. Might it be that the digital era is not only difficult to archive, but anti-historical? That’s what the Myspace incident suggests to me, above all. It’s not just that the files are lost—that’s an experience familiar to anyone working in digital media. It’s that no one was looking for them.
dd  mi  myspace 
march 2019 by motiveunknown

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