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									Beginners Guide To Using MySpace
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INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................................. 3 STARTING ON MYSPACE .............................................................................................. 5 1- Edit Profile.................................................................................................................. 7 2- Manage Calendar...................................................................................................... 11 3 – Manage Blog........................................................................................................... 13 4 - Manage Address Book............................................................................................. 16 5 - Add/Edit Photos....................................................................................................... 17 6 - Add/Change Videos................................................................................................. 19 MySpace “hacks”.............................................................................................................. 22 MySpace testimonials ....................................................................................................... 30


They live online. They buy online. They play online. Their power is growing… “Businessweek Magazine”

After, “is a free service that uses the Internet for online communication through an interactive network of photos, weblogs, user profiles, e-mail, web forums, and groups, as well as other media formats. This allinclusive service is sometimes called a social networking interface. MySpace is a very active site, and additions and new features are being added constantly. ...” MySpace is a social network site. In structure, MySpace is not quite unique. The site is a bunch of features previously offered by sites like Friendster, Hot or Not, Xanga, Rate My Teacher, etc. At the core are profiles that are connected by links to friends on the system. Profiles are personalized to express an individual's interests and tastes, thoughts of the day and values. Music, photos and video help users make their profile more appealing. This friend networking allows people to link to their friends and people can traverse the network through these profiles over and over. An individual's "Top 8" friends are displayed on the front page of their profile; all of the rest appear on a separate page. Movie stars, bands, and other media creators have profiles in this system and fans can be friends with them as well. People can comment on each others' profiles or photos and these are typically displayed publicly.

Originally, the site had a limit of 18 years of age for those who wanted an account and all data was public. Over time, the age limit dropped to 16 and then, later, to 14. The youngest users are given the option to make their profiles visible to friends-only and they do not appear in searches. When you start an account, you are given an initial friend - Tom Anderson, one of the founders of MySpace. By surfing the site, you will find and add additional friends. When you are on MySpace, you’ll spend most of the time modifying your own profile, uploading photos, sending messages, checking out friends' profiles and commenting on them. Checking messages and getting comments is what brings people back to MySpace every day. Many teens access MySpace at least once a day or whenever computer access is possible. Teens that have a computer at home keep MySpace opened most of the time, while they are doing homework or talking on instant messenger. In schools where it is not banned or blocked, teens check MySpace during passing period, lunch, study hall and before/after school. This is particularly important for teens that don't have computer access at home.

STARTING ON MYSPACE The whole policy of this site,, is concise in only 3 phrases, found in the header of the site itself:    Create your profile Upload your picture Make new friends First, let’s make an account. A welcome screen will appear, inviting you to “join the club” and choose your screen name, password and so on. The email address has to be valid because you’ll receive in your declared email an activation link. Without a valid email address, you won’t be able to keep your new MySpace account too long. About the password, take care! The password must contain at least one number or punctuation character; if not, the password will be rejected and you’ll be invited to fill the necessary field with another password. Also, the password should not be too close to the email, first or last name you’ve signed up with. This option is, obviously, for security measures. In the same joining window you’ll find a very useful option: you can set your Country and also the language and the zone you live in. This option is extremely useful to find many friends in your area so be sure to choose your appropriate area.

The next step is to add some friends to your account, practically to invite them to MySpace. You can introduce multiple emails, separated by a comma and your message will be sent to all the emails you entered in that field. You also have the option to skip this step; don’t worry about skipping it, you’ll have plenty of options to add friends after you get your account.

The final step in reaching your account is the step where you add your photo. Simply choose from your hard disk your best photo or the one that you consider the most representative and upload it. You’ll get another screen that will last for a few seconds, depending on your internet speed:

Congratulations, now you have a fully working MySpace account. Now let’s see some options MySpace has created for you:

1- Edit Profile

First of the many options you have is “Edit profile”. You’ll have many fields in which you can describe yourself and write some words about you so your future friends can know you better. These fields include “About me”, “I’d like to meet”, “Interests”, “Music”, “Movies”, “Books” or “Heroes”. For any completed field you have the option to “preview section” which will be extremely useful later on, when you’ll get used with MySpace. A “tip” from the creators of MySpace: “To disable clickable links in Interests/Music/Movies/Television/Books/Heroes, put a <Z> anywhere in the box.”

But this is not all. If you want, still here being, you can fill in some other information about you: occupation, body type and height or even disclose the reason you are on this great network: for dating, for a serious relationship or just to find some friends.

Do you think you got away only with this? Well you are so wrong…This options covers a wide range of information about yourself. Just check this screenshot and you’ll see what I mean:

Background and Lifestyle: Marital Status, Sexual Orientation, Hometown, Religion, Smoker (yes/no), Drinker (yes/no), Children, Education, Income. For all of them you have the option “no answer”, so don’t worry, if you don’t want to answer these questions, you can choose not to. Schools: School Name, Country and state. You can even find your school, but this feature is only for a limited number of countries. Networking: You have the option of choosing your hobby from a wide range of hobbies (Field / Sub-field / Role as well as a short presentation). This would help others with the same hobbies to find you more easily in this great network of users. Profile songs: a great way to customize your site is to choose your featured song for the music player on your blog. First of all, you'll need to locate a song you want to use. Many popular music artists have MySpaces. Use the MySpace search feature to locate the MySpace of one of your favorite artists. They will normally have a player on their MySpace with several of their songs. Once you find a song you want played on your MySpace, just click “Add” next to the song you want. Visitors to your site can now listen to that song on your site. This option lets you choose a song from the hundreds of thousands of songs presented on the site and

attach it to your profile. If you think you listen something that you won’t find here, give it a try, you’ll be amazed. Here are some numbers from with the top genres: 1. Rock (425,660) 2. Hip Hop (400,268) 3. Rap (328,862) 4. Alternative (208,639) 5. R&B (196,764) 6. Experimental (192,402) 7. Other (187,394) 8. Indie (180,214) 9. Acoustic (171,233) 10. Metal (159,982) 11. Punk (148,501) 12. Pop (126,675) 13. Hardcore (119,104) 14. Emo (101,865) 15. Electronica (95,117) 16. Techno (54,470) 17. Death Metal (53,325) 18. Christian (50,374) 19. Folk (50,102) 20. Electro (49,149) 21. Pop Punk (48,484) 22. Progressive (47,379) 23. Screamo (46,356) 24. Reggae (45,626) 25. Comedy (42,874) "MySpace Music is what should have been, but never was," Anderson said. "Very few people go to a website looking for bands they've never 26. Soul (42,539) 27. Folk Rock (42,134) 28. Jazz (40,339) 29. Funk (39,474) 30. Ambient (39,184) 31. Blues (38,774) 32. Classic Rock (38,631) 33. 2-step (37,954) 34. Country (36,129) 35. Garage (36,092) 36. Psychedelic (35,923) 37. Post Hardcore (35,696) 38. Latin (33,585) 39. Afro-beat (32,912) 40. Drum & Bass (32,276) 41. Crunk (30,965) 42. A'cappella (30,394) 43. Club (29,941) 44. Thrash (29,508) 45. House (27,946) 46. Trance (26,158) 47. Black Metal (25,888) 48. Jam Band (24,137) 49. Classical (23,508)

heard of. MySpace Music lets people find music online in the same way they find out about music in person: through their friends. Millions of friends come to MySpace to socialize, and through that process -- word of mouth and recommendations of friends -- bands get exposure to new fans and fans to new music." DeWolfe continues, "The most exciting use of MySpace Music is the way it's changing the band-to-fan dynamic. A band can go on MySpace and find potential fans all over the country just by sending an e-mail and saying 'Hello.' Bands are developing followings and finding street teams online." Offering downloads, band web pages, and the ability to connect directly with artists is just part of the attraction of MySpace Music. Each visitor to the site also can participate via user testimonials and ratings.

2- Manage Calendar Another option you’ll find on MySpace and I bet you’ll love it soon is “Manage calendar”. It’s not a simple calendar, but as you can see in the screenshot, it’s quite an organizer.

You have multiple options here, like “Calendar Sharing”, “Reminder”, “Working Hours” and much more. And just in case you’re not convinced yet, here is how it looks an entry in this calendar. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?

3 – Manage Blog First came the web, then the web log, the space was removed and it became weblog, “we” was removed and it became a blog. Sources disagree on when the term was first coined. Some say blogging first appeared in 1995, while others credit John Bayer with first using the term in 1997. Anyhow, blogging has become a popular pastime these days and blogs are commonly part of the internet community. Some say that web logs are online personal diaries or online journals of individuals and blogs are topic specific sites. But in our days, the term is commonly used to describe both personal diaries and topic specific sites. Perhaps you've heard of blogs, maybe even read a few, but haven't started blogging yourself. A blog is a great presentation of you and this couldn’t miss from such a serious site like MySpace. Today blogging has become a phenomenon widely spread, and for a good reason. A blog gives individuals the ability to easily communicate to mass audiences whenever they feel the urge. This ability is what makes blogging truly unique - not requiring any technical knowledge of web development, design, or management. The first time you open this option, you’ll get a message saying: “You have not posted yet. Try it out, if you don't like it, you can delete whatever you post.” So don’t worry, if you don’t like it, you can delete it and start over, but I tell you, it’s worth a try. Here is a screenshot demonstrating that you have all the tools you need to start blogging:

In the beginning of the internet, blogs were only text. Now most of them contain text and images. Topic specific blogs include everything from sports and politics to history and literature, depending of the preferences of the owner. After the digital era of the photo cameras, appeared a lot of photoblogs on which individuals post photographs of various things. There are photoblog discussion sites and forums which are mostly plain text blogs where people discuss their own photoblogs and the photoblogs of others. There is photoblogging news which again consists of mostly plain text and people discuss different photoblogs that are out there and what they have to offer. Video blogging is relatively new and is basically another form of selfexpression. There are blogs about video blogging on which groups and individuals discuss things like the best digital video format. There are MP3 blogs which are very popular. These offer musical selections for listening and downloading pleasure. So, there is a wide range of blogs out there. MySpace is a service that allows users to use there weblog (blog) application software, either free or for a fee. MSN has also a similar service. The users have their own web page or pages consisting of journal blogs where they can add photos, or videos if desired as well as various background selections. Depending on a user’s knowledge of HTML text and graphics, these sites can be very simple or very complex, but all are as unique as the individuals that design them. MySpace has gotten some bad press lately because site users can browse profiles, in order to “meet” people in real life and this worries the parents of the children involved in this phenomenon. This may be how some people choose to use the site, but is not how or why the site was designed to be used. First of all, you can customize your site layout – you can change the fonts, colors, background, style sheet and header of your blog, almost anything if your knowledge of web design is bigger than average. You can even insert custom HTML for your header. That allows you to insert pretty much anything you want – a flash file, movie, pictures, etc. Most website layouts use a light colored back ground

with darker text. However, you can play around with the colors to create something really unique. For some advice on using customized MySpace layouts, visit You can also use background images on your layout. Images do tend to make text hard to read, but there are a few ways around that. Using your favorite image editor, you can lighten your image enough that black or other dark text is easy to read over the image. Or, you can darken the image so that white or another pale color is easy to read.

4 - Manage Address Book The fourth option is “Manage Address Book”. Maybe not very useful for now, but after some time you’ll need it badly, so MySpace made a wise decision to include this option here. You can organize you contacts and friends alphabetically and also you have a quick search button that you’ll find quite useful after some time:

5 - Add/Edit Photos “Share your photos to let friends and other members see who you are” The next thing to do is to choose your profile picture for your MySpace. You can just upload your favorite photo, or you can choose a photo that goes along with your design theme. First thing you’ll see when you’ll click on this option is a red text that says “Photos may not contain nudity, violent or offensive material, or copyrighted images. If you violate these terms your account will be deleted.” So watch out, don’t violate this rule. Another rule that you must respect is the one that submitted photos are limited to a size of 600K and must be in GIF or JPG format. These being said, start uploading and share. Almost forgot to tell you that the photos you upload can be viewed only by you or, if you mark the option, can be viewed by everybody. Also, when you upload a photo, you have a button “add to ranking”, so everybody can view and rank your photos. One of the cool features of MySpace is that you can add great slideshows to your MySpace page. There are hundred of slideshow generators on the internet right now, you can Google them if you want. Or, if you are too lazy to do that, you can access . Some of the features you’ll find there:  Up to 8 photo albums in each slideshow

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Add photo captions and album names Login to PhotoBucket directly from their site Unlimited photos Automatic Image resize 3 different slideshow sizes

6 - Add/Change Videos

As you can see, you can upload your own videos, browse categories, see some top videos uploaded by others or search for a specific one. A great feature indeed.

Another method to get in touch with your friends or MySpace relations is through the integrated MySpace mail system. When you enter your own personal space, you’ll be welcomed with a screen like this:

The mail system is quite nice and offers almost the same functionalities like the more famous Yahoo, MSN or Gmail. See the screenshot attached:

Let’s talk about your own personal internet space. After you’re done with all these, if you want to give the link to your friends, it will look like this: “” . Not very nice, isn’t it? Well, it’s time to change that and choose a more personalized link for you. So, on your home page, search for a button like this: Each user can pick a unique MySpace name. It will become your own custom URL. Be careful, after you have chosen your name, you won’t be able to revert the link, change your mind and change the url. It’s a permanent choice, so some advice: choose your permanent url wisely.

After making your account active, you have a lot of options available to you. Some of them I described earlier, some of them I will let you discover yourself. But I can’t not tell you about the MySpace forum where you can fit in at least one of their threads, because this forum has all the topics covered. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself in the next screenshot:

MySpace “hacks” What is MySpace? It’s an online community that lets you meet your friends’ friends. Share your journal, photos, and interests with a new growing list of friends. It’s a good way to find out about people in the area you live, work and hang out. One of the other nice features that provides for its members is the ability to completely edit your page. You can change the colors, layout, background image, music, videos, pictures, games and much more! There are sites on the internet that offer add-ons for MySpace users. A lot of these add-ons are often referred to as “hacks” in computer jargon. These “hack” websites offer backgrounds, source code for changing the look, layout and adding interesting effects to your page. Some people consider to be a fad that will soon go out of style. I don’t think so. The amount of members that MySpace has and continues to get is astonishing! It has opened up a new era of online communication, dating and friend finding! Here are some software programs that would be useful if you start on MySpace: MySpace Toolbar The MySpace toolbar has many cool features and functions that every MySpace user will find helpful to them!

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MySpace login: This gives you the ability to login to your MySpace account FAST without having to wait. MySpace Browse : Browse for new friends, view your favorites, invite friends or view your invite history. MySpace Mail : Quickly access your Mailbox, inbox, trash or sent mail MySpace Rank: Rank pictures, view the top 25 men, women or songs. View the most rated men or women. Add your pictures to get ranked, Add your songs or view your ranking score.


MySpace Blog : Post, send to friends or customize your blog.

Friend Blaster Pro at : MySpace FriendBlasterPro allows you to grow your MySpace Friends. You simply enter your information, and hit start. You can search bands/people and even by specific interests. FriendBlasterPro will instantly add any range of friends you choose. You can search by age, sex, sexual preference, location, or any other demographic.




Another friend booster tool. In addition you can automatically comment on your friends profiles, great for keeping in touch or creating backlinks. Simply enter your account and you’ll get access to some great search options, as you see in the screenshot:

It all starts with a MySpace editor. What is a MySpace editor? It is a program to help you edit your MySpace page. There are many MySpace editors online and while they all have more or less the same basic format, they differ in terms of ease-of-use and number of features. Before you start editing your page, you should take a look at a few MySpace editors to see which one feels most user-friendly to you. MySpace Editor, : It allows you to customize the look and feel of your MySpace profile. You can find it at It can be used in 4 easy steps: 1. Change the colors, backgrounds, and fonts to your liking, using the form below. 2. Click "Update Code" to update the page and preview the page layout.

3. Simply repeat steps 1 & 2 until your page looks how you want it. 4. Copy the code below and paste it into the "About Me" section of your MySpace


Some people aren’t aware of some basic web design rules that can help you avoid all those clashes on your page. The first rule that you should know about is color. Make a list of the different elements on your page, and decide what kind of color scheme you should build. For example, do you want matching or contrasting colors? Do you want your page to look cute or bold? Once you've made a decision, you can look at the color squares and decide which colors will fit best with the look you want for your page. The next rule is the font. There are many beautiful fonts out there that would look very good on some party invitation but they look horrible on a website page. You want to choose a font that has character to it, but is very clear on-screen. Now you have to decide if you want a background image or music. If you want an image, keep this in mind: When there’s a single picture stuck in the middle of a MySpace page that doesn’t go away, it can be very annoying to read the text, especially if the picture is in full color. Try using a black and white or sepia image that stretches across the entire background and is faint enough that it doesn’t interfere with the text. Background music is fine, just make sure that it doesn’t extend the download time of your page by too long, or nobody will have the patience to wait around. Finally, you should pay attention to the borders. These can be very useful in setting apart the different sections of your page, and giving the whole thing a very neat, organized look. You should select colors that are darker or bolder than the other colors you chose, because that’s what will give the borders the contrast you need to make them stand out.

Space Station, : the following functions of MySpace (with UNLIMITED accounts!): send friend requests, accept friend requests, send messages, send comments, post bulletins, event invites, group invites and more.


Send as many friend requests as you want, or specify a number to stop at for peace of mind. You can also send an introductory message along with your friend request, to increase the chances of it being accepted.

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You can automatically send as many messages as you specify, or just let it run until MySpace says you have reached your daily limit Automatically send comments to all your friends! Send separate comments for friends that don't allow HTML comments!





Unblocker, : Some of the admins (at your school or at your office) block the access to websites such as

If you really want to access it from there, you have here the right tool, OffSurf Firewall Bypass Site Unblocker. OffSurf is a FREE proxy bypass toolbar which lets you surf the web privately and securely. Turn if on and off with a single toolbar click and surf the web as usual. Safely bypass firewall restrictions at work, university, school: it doesn't only unblock, but also obscures and encrypts URLs being visited, and nobody will be able to track which web sites you are visiting. Now you can access MySpace, without any restrictions.

The internet is full of resources for the MySpacers. For example, I’ll give you a site that can help you make your own private internet space really unique. Browse through many codes, layouts or tweaks and I’m sure you’ll find something that you’ll love. MySpace-Mania provides you with the best tools needed to help you customize your MySpace profile.




creators have thought it will be very helpful is an instant messenger that offers a lot of options, just like the most renowned competitors, YM or MSN. Now

the current version is 1.0.404.0 beta (released 8/23/2006) and has features like:  IM your MySpace friends any time  One-Click login to mail, bulletins, and more  Instant alerts for all requests, messages, and comments  Find and view your friends' profiles with one click

MySpace testimonials

1. “I found it nice to talk to old friends, and to discuss with others where we are in life. Like anything else, MySpace is an interesting tool that has great reflective value in people's lives. Concurrently, the medium is dominated by middle and high school students that are in a generation that enjoys the excesses in life.” (COACH BROWN) 2. “There's so many features that separates MySpace from every other blogging network out there. I'm starting to get hook. Plus it's good for networking with friends.” 3. “I go on it every day since my friends and family are there and I'm here in france. I miss back home and I talked to them about what's going on in my life in private.” 4. “MySpace is a great way to keep in touch with old friends, it rocks!” 5. “I am seventeen and MySpace is the best possible way to find anybody these days. I check my page multiple times a day. I do feel just as at home on the net with my friends, maybe even more so than in person”. (MADDIE) 6. “MySpace is my fav. I check my page several times a day. It's one of the best ways to reach me. […]go absolutely nuts with out an Internet connectioin! I feel like I'm cut off from the world. I wake up - check MySpace, take a shower - check MySpace, check MySpace after lunch, before and after dinner, and twice before bed. I check e-mail and facebook half as often. It's positively ridiculous how much I'm online, and I know it! It's an addiction! Oh! I'm also pumped about the new MySpace im! It seems like once more people are on it, it will be better than AIM!” (CHRISTI) 7. “MySpace is a great networking tool & I've gotten in contact with people that I went to high school with and haven't seen in four years! It's a fun user-friendly way to keep in touch. I talked my mom into getting an account & she's gotten in touch with people from her graduating class of 1980! It's not only kids that are jumping on the bandwagon, but parents too.” (LAUREN RAYE)

8. “I have a MySpace, and it is awesome. Sure, I spend more time than ever on the computer now, but it helped me get in touch with old friends and helped me create new ones around where I live and the school where I go to. I think that it's dumb that people blame MySpace for everything that's going on with kids being kidnapped or whatever. It's the kid's choice to give this information to the person! I mean, come on. Majority of the abducted kids told their friends that they didn't 'know,' all about themselves. That's just dumb. But yeah, in all, MySpace is great.” 9. “Oh my God! I love MySpace. It rules and it's a good way to talk to frends and meet cool people :) It's good for hearing new bands.” 10. “I have a MySpace account. I love it. I can express myself better on it. And I don't talk to pepole I don't know, so it's not like I' doing anything bad. I keep in touch with friends” (LISSA) 11. “I'm a teenager & I love MySpace. It's fun, easy, & great dor talking with your friends. Most of us are responsible about it. Of course, there are going to be a few idiots who abuse it. Everyone has one, from the preppies to the goths. It's just a way to keep in touch with your friends & it's being used even more now that school's out. Thank god for Tom!” (MILEY) 12. “MySpace is fun.i am always on it.Almost everyone at my school has one, i think that teens are responsible enough to get on MySpace,and if they arent then they shouldnt be online in the first place.Older people acting like teens cant talk to you is you dont add them(just add people you know).”(BRANDY) 13. “I think MySpace is great. It's a great way to keep in touch with friends who live far away and to meet new people. I think if used reponsibly it can be a lot of fun.” (SAM) 14. “MySpace is my life. Enough said. Give kids more credit (teens), we're smart on it and it makes us feel good about ourselves. It's something to do when we can't go out, plus how can you communicate with friends on busy days like school days?” (ANDREW) 15. “I think that MySpace is a brilliant place to keep in contact with friends and aquaintances, but security measures should probably be put up to prevent

predators preying on young people. For friends it is a great place to stay in touch, especially if - like myself - you are away from those you know for long periods of time, or are just too shy to socialise most of the time.”

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