With the internet becoming a popular form of socializing, Myspace.com has made its name well known and holds a widespread field of users for various reasons. You can easily set up your own home page, show off pictures, meet singles, or socialize with friends you already know. Myspace.com offers several options, and for the myspace.com virgin or even a computer illiterate person it can be easy to get started and jump right into the myspace.com ever expanding world, if you know what to do and where to go.
To begin, you simply go to Myspace.com and click on SIGN UP! You will then be prompted to enter your typical information (email address, name, etc.) and create a password. (You are required to be 14 to open a myspace.com. If you are under 14, you should get your parents permission. You should never lie about your age to open an account that filters by using an age limit.)
Next, you can create your profile. All of these steps can be skipped and done later, and you can change everything at any time. The first choice you have is to upload a photo. You can upload as many as you want. If you only upload one photo, that will be your ‘default’; meaning when people look at your profile, that picture will be displayed. (If you upload more than one photo, the first picture you upload will be your default. You can change your default picture by going to ‘edit photos’ on your home page.)
You can skip for now if you don’t wish to upload a photo, or have none to upload. Next, you are given a screen to invite friends. If you have friends that are also myspace.com virgins, and you would like to invite them to join along with you… you enter their e-mails and Myspace.com sends them an invite for you. (You have the option of including a message with this invite.)
Again, this is optional, and can be done at any time. Once you have finished this step or skipped it, you are on your home page. This is where most people get lost. Your home page will look rather plain compared to others if you have already looked at other profiles.
You will notice you already have a friend added, and a message in your inbox from that friend. Tom is the ‘creator’ of Myspace.com. By viewing his profile, or clicking on the FAQ link in your message from him, you can find a lot of help until you get the hang of things on your own. However, some things can still be a bit confusing.
The hardest thing to learn is really easy to do if you know where to go. You may see most other profiles have a layout. A layout is a background, and sometimes other special graphics. Layouts are a great way to really personalize your profile. What you do to have one of your own is highlight a code (found at certain websites like hotfreelayouts.com and others listed at the end of this article.) Right click on the highlighted code and select copy. Go back into your myspace.com page (you may have to sign back in if you used the same window) and click on ‘edit profile.’ You paste the code in any section by right clicking in it, then selecting paste. After saving changes, you can view your profile (by clicking the link under your default picture on your home page.) This is the profile others see when they look you up.
Going back to ‘edit profile’ there are different sections you can change. The choices are all on the top of the ‘edit profile’ page. The Interests & Personality section is where you fill out your interests (one of these sections are the easiest to paste the code for your layout) and tell a bit about who you are, or whatever you want your page viewers to read about you.
Under the ‘name’ section, you can change your display name. Some people don’t like to use their real name (although if you try searching for someone using their real name, you will not find them that way if their display name is different.) Some people like to use humorous names. (For example, my husband’s name is Emerson Biguns, and to match my personal name is Manday Biguns. Of course my cocker spaniel has his own page as Tinky Biguns.)
Your ‘basic info’ lists where you’re from, what you’re on myspace.com for (socializing, networking, etc.)
Background & Lifestyle is where you select your moral choices (sexual orientation, smoker/drinker, etc.)
The tabs are all pretty self explanatory. You can have an audio song or a video on your page as well, which you find under the Song & Video tab.
Once your profile is all set up to your liking, you can add friends. On the top of your home page there are a number of choices (home, browse, search, etc.) You can search for people you already know by entering their name, e-mail address, or display name. (Remember this can be difficult if someone does not use their real name, so the e-mail address is usually most accurate. If you enter an e-mail address that is not already a member, the site will offer to send an invite for you.)
Browsing for users is set up like a dating site. You can select the type of people you want to look for and location.
The way to add someone as a friend is to look at the contact box on their profile. If you click on ‘add as a friend’, it will ask you to confirm that you want to add that member as a friend. Then a message will be sent to that user. They need to approve your request before you can be added as a friend.
You have many things to do socially on your myspace.com page. Your blog is like an online journal. Other users can view your blog entries. (You can change settings to select what the ‘public’ can view and what only your friends can view.)
You can send messages to other users. Messages are very similar to e-mails, except they can only be sent and received through myspace.com.
Your bulletin board is something where you can post messages that all of your friends can read, and you can read the bulletins posted by all of your friends.
You can post comments on others profiles, and pictures. (If they are approved. those comments will remain displayed on the profile or underneath the picture being commented on.)
(You can view others pictures by clicking the link underneath their default picture.)
Some popular trends with messaging, blogging, and bulletins are surveys and quizzes.
A survey is a fun time waster. It’s a long list of random (and sometimes repetitive) questions, and you share your answers with others. You can copy and paste these from messages, blogs, and bulletins to change the answers to your own. You can also find surveys at various other sites. Myspacesurveyfun.com has a large selection of surveys which you can easily copy and then paste into your bulletin, blog, or send as a message.
A quiz is similar, only you submit your answers to questions on a site that offers quizzes (Blogthings.com is easy and has a variety of quizzes to choose form) and then it tells you about your personality in entertaining ways relating to the quiz. (Example, you can find out what kind of shoe you are, what flavor ice cream, or what your flirting style is.) With these, you copy the code given with your results and when you paste it; your results will be shared along with a link for others to take the same quiz.
Many people get confused with the ‘whole Myspace thing.’ Hopefully this article helps you know all you need to know. Any unanswered questions may be resolved if you send a message to ‘Tom’, your original friend.
Links to check out, once you get the hang of things:
http://www.imageshack.us (a helpful image hosting site. You can upload a photo from your computer and it will give you an html code you can paste to display the picture in blogs, bulletins, or messages.)