For years, Myspace was the most popular website on the Internet, above Google or Facebook. This service implemented many of the features that are now common; although today it is only a shadow of what it once was. At the time, if you were on the Internet, you had to have a MySpace account; especially if you were young and looking for something about new trends in alternative music and culture.
One of the big differences between Myspace and other services was the possibility of sharing music and videos, so it became the favorite platform for many artists to promote their new work. If you wanted to know about the release of your favorite singer’s latest album, Myspace was the perfect place. Maybe Myspace didn’t know how to take advantage of it, and since 2009 it’s plummeting; it’s still a benchmark in the history of the Internet.
A few hours ago, a Reddit post warned that the platform had lost all uploaded content between 2003 and 2015.
It happened last year, when suddenly you could no longer play the songs uploaded during that time.At the time, the company said they had identified this error and promised they would fix it.
A few months have passed and Myspace has finally confirmed (responding to an email from a user) that they have lost all these files.
These types of failures are not uncommon, and are things that can happen to anyone; what is truly shocking is that the company apparently did not have backup copies of these files. Something that practically any self-respecting Internet company has, but that costs money that MySpace may not have.
A little over a decade ago, no one would have imagined that a platform as solid as Myspace would end up this way. History keeps repeating itself, and surely in the near future this will happen to Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter or Facebook.