The History of MySpace

The MySpace phenomenon began in 2003, when an Internet visionary and UCLA graduate named Tom Anderson reclaimed the moribund domain. Prior to Anderson’s initiative, was a file sharing forum. The original Web site had to be disbanded in 2001 due to a poor ROI and lack of general consumer interest.

Anderson's vision of MySpace as a place where kids could network and form their own communities manifested in a huge way. In 2005, MySpace’s parent company was purchased for nearly $600 million – since then the network has only increased in size.

MySpace Today

MySpace supports a number of media, including videos and images, and is especially popular with teenagers, who use MySpace for several reasons.

They can connect with friends from school after class and share gossip and funny videos, pictures and sites from around the Internet. They also can meet other teens with similar interests or potential friends within geographic proximity. Finally, teens can check out prospective dates.

A MySpace page reveals a tremendous amount of information about your teen’s personality and interests. By looking at your teen's MySpace page, parents will get to know how their teen acts and interacts with his peers. It will give you a chance to comment on your teenager's creativity or to catch potential problems your teen might be facing.

While MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter are generally safe and PG rated, your teen should be on the lookout for predators who prowl the Internet with fake profiles. In many ways, MySpace and other social web sites are a mixed blessing for teens. They provide new ways to interact with peers and experience media, but they also opens teens up to dangers, especially if your teen reveals any personal information.

MySpace and other social web sites can be a forum for so-called cyber bullying, in which feuds at school carry over to the online realm. Your teenager also might spend too much time online meeting virtual friends while falling behind on his or her homework.

Given the vulnerability your teenager faces by sharing his or her experiences and opinions with others, parents need to be aware and talk with their teen about potential dangers they might expose themselves to on the Internet in general.

Author's Bio: 

Christina Botto's proven strategies, comprised of more than 14 years of working with parents and their teenagers, are outlined in her book Help Me With My Teenager! A Step-by-Step Guide For Parents That Works. She continues to help parents of teenagers through her web site Parenting A Teenager.