This is probably either preaching to the choir or shouting into the wind, and certainly about 3 years too late, but after spending more time on MySpace than I ever had before, for work purposes, I just had to ask....
- Is there a reason so many people make their MySpace pages so freakin' unreadable? Is this the MySpace design credo? "Let's find the busiest pictures we can find, and repeat it a hundred times as background wallpaper so visitors can't see anything. THEN we'll play some music, preferably something cheesy and annoying, so when someone drops by they can be entertained by the music (okay, I understand this one when it's a MySpace page for a band or musician...)"
Look, I realize that MySpace can be a fun place to socialize online, find former friends, stay in touch, make new friends, talk to real (and faked) celebrities and so on. It has its place, no doubt about it. And by adding blogs and now video, the site's become even more of an online community portal. But I have literally become physically ill from looking at MS pages. A few times I've even had to copy text just so it's highlighted and thus readable (as it negates the busy background). It's just such a haven for tastelessness I may need dramamine the next time I drop by. (I have to look at people's pages to check them out and then approve their friends request for work. And I admit, I do get lost in it sometimes, when I see a name I recognize, then see they have a blog, and so on...)
And it's cool to post a comment on someone's MS page that has also gone to hundred other pages, but do you have to include a loud, flickering flashing, graphic in the comment? It's like a million people suddenly designed web pages with no knowledge of design for readability. Wait, it's not like... it is!
Other pet peeves:
People who want to be your "friend" whom you don't know and whose profiles are set to "private" (I understand the desire to have a private profile, believe me, but if you're asking a company to be your friend vs. someone who knows you...well then);
I don't need to see that photo of you in a cocksock at Burning Man;
using a mIX oF uPper and lOweR case letters and quirky ++symbols~ went out about 5 minutes after they were in;
Don't get me started on whatever's happened to proper spelling...
And even more annoying than any of this - those really manipulative Match.com ads that run on the MySpace home page. You know, the ones with the cute women who are logging on to Match.com with their webcams capturing it, the ones who have such a ridiculously glorious time chatting online... That really fake ad, you know what I mean. That campaign needs to die a fast horrible death.
Next rant: Online narcissism, catch it!