An Analysis for Musicians – Facebook vs. Myspace
Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve found myself doing a lot of talking about social media as it relates to musicians. These discussions were fueled by a post on our site announcing the closing of our Myspace account.
Nowadays, bands have both a Myspace account and a Facebook account, but only actively use one or the other. Facebook has the people but Myspace has the features. With Myspace rebranding itself as a “social entertainment” site, a band should actively use both Facebook and Myspace.
Myspace is plagued by user-initiated spam, extremely slow page loading times, and a design that is almost impossible to navigate. Once they’re able to get this under control, they will be fine in the short-term. As mentioned above, Facebook cannot, at least at the moment, compete with the features Myspace offers musicians, so Myspace should not be abandoned just yet. If their rebranding is successful, the sites will complement one another perfectly, functioning as companions, not competitors.
At the moment, Myspace is highly customizable and artists can load up to ten songs on their profile. This isn’t possible with Facebook. But, it’s fairly easy to post links and other things on your Facebook profile. If you have a lot of friends or fans on Facebook, you can increase your visibility significantly. You can also have RSS feeds imported into your Facebook profile. Myspace allows you to use an RSS feed from your profile page on their site. So you could import your Myspace RSS feed into your Facebook profile. Make a single post on Myspace and it will appear on your Facebook profile too.
Post links to the songs you have uploaded on your Myspace account to your Facebook page. Wait a few days and then post a link to a different song. This should be done both on your personal profile and your fan page. It works rather well, In your Facebook profile, you are permitted to list links to your various sites. Link to your Myspace account. Link to all the other sites you use online.
Another plus of working with the two sites is that you have the potential to be seen by more people. You have access to the user base of both sites. The thing that you will benefit mostly from, as a musician, is a high level of visibility. The higher your level of visibility, the greater your potential for success. That’s why you should try to work with a number of websites. Increase your visibility through writing websites, music websites, a number of different social networking websites, YouTube and so on. Have some of your Facebook fan pages set up to automatically send Facebook posts out as a tweet on Twitter. That way, you donâ€™t have to do a post on both sites for the same thing. Just one post on Facebook will appear on both sites.
There may be a number of other sites you can work with too, other than Myspace and Facebook. Each site will have its own advantages. But as far as Facebook and Myspace are concerned, one is where the people are and the other is where the features are. For now, use them both.
Thank you all for reading. Enjoy your day.
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