Myspace is still active as of today, but not anymore a go-to platform for social media users. It was once the king of social media networks especially from 2005 to 2008, where it serves over 100 million users on a monthly basis. Now, an 18-year-old teen recreated it with its carbon-copy app,Spacehey.
Does Myspace Still Exist?
Myspace can be accessed by the users at this time. Its website is still active even though the ownership of the once-giant social media platform is now handed to Time Inc in 2016. It is reportedly reconstructed through several tweaks in designs and layouts since its gradual decline.
Myspace supports Android and iOS through its mobile app previously, but it was already removed by the company. However, users can still enter it through Myspace.com so accessing the app through mobile devices will not be a problem. Myspace could have thrived in the competition, but Facebook still prevailed in the social media app battle.
How did Spacehey start?
Would you believe that Myspace's carbon copy, Spacehey, was created by an 18-year-old teen? It was developed by An, a student from Germany who loves coding. Since its launch in November 2020, 55,00 users have already used the app worldwide.
An wanted to make software that will cater to the needs of the people when it comes to privacy, so he came up with a social media website that resembles Myspace.
"Thanks to older friends and the internet, I heard a lot about [Myspace]. I came to the conclusion that you can't find something like this nowadays," An said in a report by Gizmodo's Joanna Nelius.
The German coder revealed that he arrived with the idea of Spacehey to pass time during the quarantine period. An was just testing to construct a website for his free time, but he did not know that he would finish it with quality design and interface for the users. Moreover, he pointed out that Myspace underwent several redesigns in the past but it was not satisfying compared to the original design so he remade it.
While the two social media websites look the same, there is still a glaring difference between the two. Spacehey now features link posting of your profiles on other social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. In addition, the users are now allowed to embed videos and audios from YouTube and audio-streaming provider, Spotify.
In using Spacehey, you can also utilize user-created layouts so you will not code anymore from the start. When it comes to similarities of the website to Myspace, the Comment section, Friend space, and Blog Space are still there. You can also see the "online now" label so using Spacehey will bring a rush of nostalgia to a Myspace user.
It seems that Spacehey is just a startup, but An is already serious about serving the users through a help desk. He answers the people's queries when they have complained, and he also imposes a ban on those who spark hate speech and other violations across the platform. The young coder sees to it that his website will be people-friendly to all, so misinformation has no place in the environment.
When asked about what drove him to accomplish his creation, An recalled that HTML really helped him in building the first foundation of the Spacehey. It also became his sanctuary since he got used to his parents' habit of looking through his text messages and eavesdropping during phone calls. The website that he developed is a big help for his privacy.
Indeed, the launch was a success for An, but he knew that it still has a lot to improve soon. He hopes that someday, this will take over the social media world to spread the news about a safer app for all users.
According to New York Post, a user named Chaos told them that Spacehey is much more enjoyable because it is less toxic compared to other social media platforms.
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Written by Joen Coronel