I bet when you woke up this morning, you thought to yourself, “Today feels like it’ll be a special day in social media history!”
Well, it could be, depending on how many MySpace users Simon Owens has managed spur to action. Today is the day that Owens has declared “International Delete Your MySpace Account Day”.
Owens says of his initiative:
The idea quickly caught fire, being linked to on hundreds of websites spanning from Digg to Fark to MSNBC. Several journalists interviewed me about the day, including live radio and television interviews. I was also interviewed by a journalist at the Washington Post. A Myspace spokeswoman even responded to the event.
Regarding the event, MySpace spokesperson Rebekah Horne, vice president of Fox Interactive Media and MySpace in Australia and New Zealand, had this to say:
One blogger has declared January 30th “International Delete Your MySpace Account Day”. But MySpace doubts that this will have a great impact on their network. “This Delete-Your-MySpace day is just about being controversial,” Ms Horne said. “MySpace is still the biggest social networking site in the world.” In the words of BBC comedian Catherine Tate, MySpace does not look bothered.
In am curious to see how many accounts are deleted today, as I know this initiative has gotten widespread attention both online and in mainstream media. Depending on how frustrated other users are there could be a mass MySpace exodus in progress.
If you would like to jump ship today, Owens has posted detailed instructions on how to delete your MySpace account.