One man’s frustrating journey to recovering his Myspace

One man's frustrating journey to recovering his Myspace

In Tales of the Early Internet, Mashable explores online life through 2007 — back before social media and the smartphone changed everything.

I’m not sure what triggered my journey. A nagging nostalgia, I suppose. Affection for an internet long gone. A part of my life I hardly remember. A certain bored curiosity that comes with life in quarantine. 

I wanted to access my old Myspace. 

The internet is a central part of my life now, even more than most. I make a living writing on the internet, about the internet. It fascinates me that Myspace could all but disappear from the daily habits of the perpetually online. What happens when a site that was once ubiquitous — the first stop on the internet for many — falls out of favor in a flash, leaving the bones of our old pages behind? The internet is alive and ever-changing, but this relic meant so much to me, a late-20s person barreling toward 30. Beyond AIM, Myspace was the center of my generation’s online universe at the time. We fretted over our Top 8, stressed over the Read more…

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