The famed social media network from the past MySpace is again relevant in 2019. However, the reason that it is even newsworthy once more is not good at all. The reason is the “massive Data Loss” by MySpace.
On last Sunday news started circulating over the internet about MySpace, which had been the center of the social media in the past for a very long time before Facebook, lost millions of songs, videos as well as photos. The data that has been lost is from 2015 to the present day. The data was lost during a data migration process and to add injury to insult there is no way to recover it.
An announcement from MySpace on their official website, which has been now removed, read as follows,
“As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago, may no longer be available on or from MySpace. We apologize for the inconvenience”
The Start of the problem:
The problem was not an instantaneous one but a long term one. Some users of MySpace had been complaining since the Feb of last year that they were having troubles in playing their certain songs on the music payer of the website. At that time, the technical support from MySpace told them that the problem is currently being fixed.
Since then only the complaints increased by the social media network remained silent until it was too late and the company announced the news about the irrecoverable data loss.
Amount of Data Lost:
As of Lately MySpace is the butt of all jokes related to social media. However in the past, before Facebook, years in between 2005 to 2008, MySpace was the number 1 social media network. In fact, it was the number 1 website all across the world.
According to the report of MySpace, at one time, the company since 2008 had about a data of 53 million songs from nearly 14.2 million artists. As for its users, they were numbered in hundreds of millions including famed artists as well as common folks.
While many of us won’t mind if those overate demo songs or the mirror shots get deleted but it certainly counts as a massive loss. The record as to how people lived and interacted with each other online has just vanished in one single moment.
The Internet is a key part of modern history and MySpace was also an integral part of it.