Bad Idea: Allowing Only Your Friends To Contact You On Myspace

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Remember when you used to get all excited when some hot-looking porno-chick would write you on Myspace only to open the message and find out it was spam? The sadness that led to you you crying into your pillow for hours at a time? Well thankfully those days are over because the porn stars have moved on to twitter and know that marketing on Myspace is soooo 2006. Unfortunately, this weekend I found that many of you still to this day have on one of the stupidest things that Myspace ever unveiled enabled on your profile: the button that will make it so that only your friends can send you a direct message.

Enabling this feature or leaving it enabled is the kiss of death to
your opportunities in the music business in 2009. I was helping a
friend find songs to license for a video compilation that will lead to
each artist getting a few thousand dollars and tons of exposure. While
using Myspace to show the person I was collaborating with tracks I thought he could use, two of the artists we found lost that opportunity
when we couldn’t actually get in touch with them. This stupid
feature was enabled and we needed everything locked down by Sunday
night and ad to choose some of our runner-ups, when our friend request wasn’t accepted in time. Since we all know that no one checks their Myspace everyday
anymore, two days later they still had not signed in and accepted our
friend request. These groups lost a big chance to make money and get
great exposure.

If you don’t want to be like these bands and allow people who don’t yet
know you to offer your music opportunity to grow it takes just ten
seconds to do a simple settings tweak. Make sure people who are not
your friends are allowed to direct message you, and if you never check
your Myspace make sure you put on an away message with your email listed inside of it. This will allow opportunities to be promising not lost to a hatred of spam that doesn’t even exist anymore.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.