Sunday, January 23, 2011

Is MySpace (for lawyers) dead?

Last week the popular publication 3 Geeks and a Blog declared the fax machine dead.  So this week, we're going to up the ante by declaring MySpace dead - at least with respect to it being a viable social networking option for lawyers.  Unless you're in a band, or you're someone who likes to follow bands, is anyone really joining MySpace these days?  More particularly, do any lawyers use MySpace for their social networking needs? 

Given that MySpace, which was launched in 2003, became the biggest social networking site on the planet a short three years later, its had a precipitous fall.  (MySpace just announced it is cutting its workforce by almost 50%).  Until 2008 it was still bigger than Facebook but now, of course, Facebook is the leader among businesses (including law firms) that want to have a social networking presence.   

What exactly happened?  Was it Facebook's simple, graphic layout that helped attract more serious-minded folks from the ADHD interface of MySpace?  Was it Facebook's origin as a collegiate networking site that gave it more cachet over MySpace which some believe appealed to less affluent and educated users?

Whatever the explanation, it appears that MySpace is indeed dead among professionals, including lawyers, who want a social networking presence on the web.  What do you think?  Do you still use MySpace?  Do you know anyone who does?  Let us know in the comments below.


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