MySpace used to be the social networking site. In fact, I'd venture to say that most of the people I've met since 2005 I've met via MySpace. The site is probably directly responsible for 95% of my life over the past four years, and you used to not be able to go anywhere without hearing somebody say "I'm on MySpace, my address is myspace.com slash whatever." Then facebook came along.
A few years ago I tried facebook for the first time. I didn't like it. I even tried going out of my way to get my account cancelled. I posted a random picture of bare breasts and another image that was just text that said "FUCK FACEBOOK, DELETE ME!" in hopes of getting my account cancelled via terms of service violation. Didn't work, so I put my account on hold and gave up on the site for a while. After all, what did I need facebook for when I had MySpace?
Soon enough, however, I was somehow sucked back in to facebook. I started using the apps on a regular basis, adding mostly real-life friends and some of those crazy characters from the World Wrestling Insanity message board. I've since reconnected with old friends who I haven't seen in years and found out about my High School reunion through the site. Meanwhile, I started using MySpace less and less while MySpace started to become more and more like facebook. All the facebook apps started popping up on MySpace as my messages and comments started getting fewer and further between. Some days, I didn't log in to MySpace at all, but I couldn't go a day without checking facebook.
I logged in to MySpace a few minutes ago and noticed something I hadn't before - there's a blue toolbar at the bottom of the site that includes the MySpace Instant Messenger feature - just like facebook's instant messaging toolbar! I fully expect within the next six months to be able to bookmark my favorite MySpace apps in the toolbar, just like facebook. The transformation is almost complete!
For MySpace to ever surpass facebook, the answer is not in imitation, it's in innovation. Let's see how much longer MySpace has left before it's just a memory.