With a reported 230,000 signups a day MySpace is more than just an internet phenomenon, a phrase that is banded about far too lightly these days. The social networking site started in back in 2003 by Tom Anderson, has grown to such an extent that it was acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation for a figure in the region of $580 million in 2005 and the 100,000,000 user signed up in August 2006. A figure thought of as inflated at the time, the current valuation is considered to be nearer a cool $1 billion!
With such success they are clearly doing a huge amount correctly; enabling people to keep in contact easily with the ability to post photos, video and music it has quickly turned into a successful marketplace for aspiring musicians and film directors.Where MySpace fails is how difficult it is for the everyday user to create an attractive site that doesn’t give their audience a head ache after 5 minutes.
Well here’s my first approach to offering something back to the community and hopefully the sanity of some of the 100 odd million users. Welcome to ‘Seloquent’…. something along the lines of a simple and eloquent design that hopefully demonstrates some of the potential for making MySpace a little less hectic and refined. You can check out Seloquent in action on my page at MySpace.
Seloquent is a MySpace div overlay (or myspace hack) that effectively lies over the top of your page, while still displaying the information to your friends that your want them to see. Including the ability for people to drop you a comment, it should hopefully be a pretty painless way to spruce up your MySpace page for the princely sum of nothing, gratis, FOC or in other words nothing!
This is a quick version of the installation instructions required to install this overlay. Please read through all the instructions included with the download as well and post any problems you have below. I will try to answer all of them though this is distributed without any warranty.
- Download the Seloquent zip file below.
- Copy the contents of the ‘aboutme_css.txt’ into the ‘About Me’ section in your profile, making sure to erase everything that is already there.
- Copy the contents of the ‘idliketomeet_html.txt’ into the ‘I’d like to meet’ section in your profile, making sure to erase everything that is already there.
- Alter all references of ‘YOURFRIENDID’ with, yep you guessed it, your actual friend ID.
- Edit the appropriate sections to add your information.
- Save your profile.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License. Woa, that sounds serious, what does this mean? Well you can use it, modify it and distribute it but you must continue to have the small print section at the bottom linking to this page or website. At the very least there should be a clear link to this page displayed in this section.
Download Seloquent Div Overlay
Version 1.3 of Seloquent
Custom MySpace Div Overlays
For more information about having a MySpace profile designed exclusively for your band, group or personal ‘myspace’ page, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Versions / Changes
Version 1.3 (dated 290307) another small alteration, adding the CC licensing information.
Version 1.2 (dated 020107) a small alteration to the readme file and the ‘Idliketomeet_html.txt – only nessesary to ‘upgrade’ if some of the links at the top of the page are not working.
Version 1.1 (dated 281206) update that fixes an issue with the comment box at the bottom of the overlay. Thanks to Cmoney in the comments for bringing it to my attention. See my follow up comment for those who want to edit the single line of html rather than download the new version and make all the customisations again.