If social networking were the prom then Facebook would be the king, and Twitter the queen. Or actually they would probably be rival queens. However you want to view it, one thing is for certain — MySpace is the candidate that no one is talking about, but might just get the bouquet of flowers and tiara at the end.

You might be thinking that I’m crazy; hasn’t MySpace been out of the limelight for quite awhile? If you’re talking about professional social media coverage, then yes MySpace has taken a backseat to big brother Facebook and the up-and-comer Twitter. The numbers don’t lie though, and we have to acknowledge that MySpace is still very much relevant. Actually, in terms of unique visitors it’s 2.5x more relevant than Twitter (MySpace – 59m vs. Twitter – 23m).

As professionals I believe many times we feel alienated by MySpace. It seems to be the least productive in terms of networking for a business. The profiles are notorious for being tacky, and highly obtrusive. Finally, and most importantly I believe that MySpace’s focus on music hinders many visitor’s focus. They look to be expanding at least, as it’s been stated they’ll be involved with video games.

It’s a bit early to tell what MySpace’s direct future is. With their clean up efforts, and video game direction it will be interesting to see if they can salvage their image with professionals.

What says you? Are you a MySpace user, and if so have you noticed many of their clean up changes? Is it too late for you, and either Facebook or Twitter owns your soul?

Johnny V from WebProWorld