Why Myspace is deleting profiles

28 Jul

I figured it was only a matter of time before MySpace bit the dust due to it’s acquisition by News Corporation, which is the same company that runs Fox News. MySpace was successful because it gave it’s users so much freedom to customize their accounts.

The downward spiral probably began when MySpace began to aggressively block tracking codes that allowed people to see who had viewed their profile. Many user’s profiles got permanently defaced when MySpace robots spidered through its site, deleting entire sections that contained offending code, or even code that was similar.

now record numbers of users are reporting their accounts mysteriously being deleted, sometimes accompanied by the following email:

Your account has been deleted for violating our terms of service.

This is usually one of few things:

* nude images, sexually suggestive or violent photos
* covering our banner ads with HTML
* harassing other users
* you do not meet the minimum age requirement
* spamming the classifieds, forums, or bulletins
* attempting to artificially inflate scores
* scripting the site

If you choose to return to MySpace, please follow the rules. Thanks.

Your account can not be restored.

As you can see, the email does not even say what exactly, was your offense. The email essentially says “Take a guess”.

Users with thousands of friends are now friendless, entire elaborately constructed profiles gone forever. To me, this is a sign that MySpace has jumped the shark and it is time to either go back to Friendster or use an alternative networking site that is not owned by Fox News.



3 Responses to “Why Myspace is deleting profiles”

  1. asharak July 28, 2006 at 5:50 pm #

    The funny thing is that teenagers and cam-girls on MySpace blatantly violate the terms of service by doing all of the things listed, but their accounts never get deleted. Hmm.

    • bboyneko July 28, 2006 at 5:52 pm #

      almost as if fox news/myspace was using the vast network to advertise porn by inserting clever profiles and mass messaging/friending people. Hmmm.

  2. Anonymous September 22, 2006 at 3:46 pm #

    Hey. That same exact thing just happened to me 2 days ago. I had absolutely no idea why my page was deleted. I tried to log in two mornings ago to find that my account could not be accessed. I went to my e-mail and saw that e-mail. The only good thing was that I was able to go to a friend’s page and I was still in his “Top Friends” list, so I was able to go to my page and copy and paste the entire page into an e-mail and forward it to them for an explanation. The cool thing about it is that I am still able to go to my sent e-mails and see my old page and link to my old friends to notify them of my new page. I still haven’t receieved a reason for the page being deleted. However, I did discover, upon creating my new page, that when you go to the Web Layouts and build your page through some of them, there is a small piece in the ‘HTML’ code that blocks the advertisement on the top of your My Space page, which may eventually prompt them to delete your account with no explanation. You may not even realize you did it, because it wasn’t intentional, nor do you even know how to do it. What they need to do is send you an e-mail advising you of the violation and give you 24 hours to cure the defect before deleting your account. I hope this information is useful.

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