I spoke to many bookers at the Folk Alliance and OCFF conferences this year and there was still a consensus that My Space was the site they went to first when considering to book an artist. It's just easier to quickly (which is key) listen to a song, read a bio, see an artist's gig schedule, watch a video and see some photos.
" which encouraged artists to delete their My Space accounts.When I saw this happening on Twitter, a part of me said "Yeah!", and I was about to start putting the word out to all of my contacts as well, when I decided to take a few days to think about what that would really mean for an artist, and I came to the following conclusion: You can hate My Space, but don't leave it. I've hated it for years simply because of it's terrible usability.If I had a dollar for every time My Space crashed while I was trying to upload a song, add a calendar date, update a bio,whatsoever on the site, I would be enjoying an early retirement right now. But, here's the rub: My Space is still an important part of an artist's overall web strategy that should not be overlooked, and here are the 2 biggest reasons why: 1- Bookers still use My Space As program director at the Centre St-Ambroise in Montreal, I still prefer to visit an artist's My Space page over their .com, and I'm definitely not alone.I actually use Reverb Nation to keep the Centre St-Ambroise's calendar up to date on My Space.
After spending an hour on My Space to try and add a single calendar date earlier this year, I gave up once and for all.Admittedly, I didn't put any calendar dates on My Space for a while, but quickly realized that artists and fans were checking our My Space page to see what was going on at the venue, and when they saw no dates, assumed that we were no longer booking shows, which of course was not the case. To do this without using My Space, I would recommend: *** People have proclaimed My Space dead many times before, and although it might be dying a slow death, it is certainly not dead yet.For more reasons not to quit My Space, check out this article: 6 Reasons Not To Quit My Space *** So you were hoping to finally rid yourself of the burden of using My Space, but now realize maybe you should keep your My Space presence?Here's the good news: it doesn't have to take very much of your time at all.Here's what you really need on your My Space page: There's really no need to spend a lot of time on My Space.Keeping the calendar up to date is the single most important thing you need to do, but the beauty is that you don't even have to use My Space to do it.