In my post last week, I introduced you all to the wonderful world of MySpace Retro. Toted on even Google as “The Old MySpace”, MySpace Retro sought to take things back to the 2009-era classic MySpace. It featured profile songs, Top Friends, blog posts, and all of the other fun bits of nostalgia that made us miss Facebook’s predecessor.
When news broke on December 31st, 2016 by several outlets that MySpace Retro was a thing, owner Kris Galante initially had troubles keeping the website stable. He had previously been juggling only a handful of users, and the influx of traffic kept overriding the servers. Still, Galante fought diligently and began working out bugs in the site and stabilizing the server.
It was common to log in and get an “over-capacity error”. If you were to wait a few minutes, you could typically get logged in on your next try. The excitement was there. The demand was there. It looked like Galante was set to bring MySpace back to its former glory for everyone looking to fill their nostalgia quota of the year. However, a bigger threat than server space was brewing.
Last week, I mentioned that I had made a YouTube video, walking people through MySpace Retro’s setup process and the features that it had. As one of the sole people to create such a video, I frequently received comments from viewers asking questions about MySpace Retro, and I made sure to answer all of them as an aide to Galante. It got to the point where Galante’s sister started checking on my video, to also help to answer questions and to personally thank me for my support. But then, the questions turned into confusion on if I had posted the wrong link to the website, or if the website was gone.
At the time of this penning, when trying to navigate to https://www.myspaceretro.com/, you are greeted with an error that the website’s server DNS address cannot be found. The website is not down for maintenance or a server crash; it is down completely.
Galante took to his Facebook to give confused fans an update. The amount of time until MySpace Retro is back up “All depends on the time frame to roll out the band section of the site hopefully sometime this week.” Galante also confirmed that due to a mix of legalities, he might need to take the name “MySpace” out of the site’s name completely. He says that he will try to leave things intact as “MySpace Retro” if possible, but that he is also “just personally not trying to get into trouble for running the site”.
It sounds like MySpace founder Tom Anderson (everyone’s first friend) may not be happy with Galante’s new project. Galante promises that we will know more later this week. In the meantime, fans have suggested branding including “OurSpace”, “YourSpace”, and “MyPlace” as suitable alternatives.
In the meantime, you can keep in touch with Kris Galante via his personal Facebook page for up-to-the-minute updates on MySpace Retro. You can also check out the video below to see more of what MySpace Retro will have to offer when it is back online.