Remember Myspace? Remember all those years and all that time you put into getting all those friends/fans? Some of us just spent hours a day spamming members messages asking them to check our music. Some paid other people to spam members messages asking them to check their music. Some mass friend requested strangers hoping they’d be curious enough about who requested them to check their page and hear their music; they’d set their player to auto play so just the visit would count to their overall plays. Others bought mass Myspace messaging and friend requesting software like Badder Adder. A few artist saw their number of friends climb up to the ten-thousands. But like all good things, sadly it had to come to an end.
How many comments did you get saying “All girls are lying when they say size doesn’t matter”? How many messages did you get saying “check out my music” from other artists, so many that being an artist you blocked bands from sending you messages. How many Macy’s gift certificates did you receive? Yes, we all witnessed how Myspace transformed into Spamspace. With the rise of Facebook began the mass exodus. Then Twitter came along and put the final nail in the coffin. It was almost like somebody had ran into a Welfare office and shouted money was falling from the sky.
We decided to rock with the trend, just go where the people went and bring our friends along with us. Then we realized one of the biggest flaws of Myspace for artists, no mass fan updating system. That’s right, with all the updates Myspace implemented to try to stop the bleeding, never once did they think of creating a way for artist to message their entire friends list in one swoop. Maybe by the time they got the idea to they voted against knowing people would just use it to mass message their friends and say “Join me on Facebook”. What we were left to do was attempt the daunting task of individually messaging what in some cases would be 10,000 friends, sending bulletin board posts every hour hoping for them to be seen – which was the most ineffective way to get messages across on Myspace because nobody really was paying attention to bulletins at that point- if they ever did, or just say F it and start over.
No, this article isn’t about Myspace nostalgia or bashing the once great entity. Amidst all the negativity, I come baring good news, sort of. There’s hope! The good people at Reverbnation have made it possible for artists to reach out to those once thought to be forever lost fans. Using their FanReach program artist can not only message their email list but can also blast messages to their friends on Myspace. When you click to create an email and it takes you to the next page, all you have to do is choose the template that says “Fan Recruiter” and you can figure it out from there. That’s great news for all those that would get teary eyed just thinking about all those lost fans. I just hope there’s somebody home to check the mail.
I’ve sent out a blast to my Myspace friends with link to join my mailing list. So far, for the most part, all I’ve received is messages from other artist with links for me to join their mailing list. I loved to hear the results from anybody else that uses the service. Hit up the comments with your experience, I’m out. Boom!