Closing down shop


I am about to do something that is momentous and monumental. I am about to shut down my original MySpace profile.

Ever since I created my music MySpace page, it has been too much work to keep up with dual profiles. My internet time has been inconsistent this fall, and so there have been many days where I ask the question, “Will I check my personal page, or my music page?” because Lord knows I can’t do both.

Well, I’ve been faced with this Sophie’s Choice for far too long. And as Thoreau says, “Simplify, simplify, simplify.”

MySpace has been a revolutionary tool for so many people. At it’s best, it’s an amazing way to network and keep tabs on friends and family. Granted, at it’s worst, it’s a conduit for pedophiles and serial killers to track their victims. But for me, it has brought nothing but happiness and the miraculous ability to shadow boys that I have crushes on.

I have met wonderful friends through MySpace, including my dear friend Sarah here in Nashville who has been instrumental in my decision to actually move here. I love having the ability to stay in touch with my friends who are splayed all over the country and the world. I am friends with about half the city of Anchorage via MySpace. And even my mom has joined in the fun, and has enjoyed “getting to know” my friends via their profiles.

Oh yeah, by the way, if you don’t want my mom checking out your page, you’d best be making your profile private. I, for one, think that private profiles are lame. Go big or go home. If you’re going to display something on the internet, you’d better feel comfortable with anyone coming across it.

Said the girl with the very public internet life, who ends many days with the words, “Open mouth, insert foot.”

There are some sad things about pulling the plug on my personal page. For example, my music page does not give me the ability to tell anyone which high school I went to, and thus opening the door for me to declare that I was the prom queen. The only reason that this is worth mentioning is that I never got anything from being the prom queen aside from the ability to say, “I was the prom queen.” Therefore, I must say it whenever I have the chance.

Also, I got in on the MySpace action fairly early on, and therefore I wore the “Cool Badge” of having been a member since the dawn of time. Now, my new profile will say, “Member since 09/24/2007.” So uncool. So behind the times.

Not to mention the fact that I very well might lose my high place in various friend’s Top 8.

But regardless, here I go. Farewell, original MySpace membership. Thanks for the laughs, awkward wall posts, and boy-stalking memories. See you on the music side.


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  1. bec on November 14, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    first sarah, now you. i think i shall hold a contest for people to move into my top friends

  2. Christina on November 14, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Hold the phone!? Susan Parsons has a MySpace? And we’re not already friends?! MEMO to SP: lets be internet friends.

    And to add fuel to this fire: my mother has a facebook account, lord help her precious soul.

  3. Susan Parsons (mom) on November 14, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Annie, I hate change, as you know. I think you should reconsider, and just check the thing once a week. Like most people do. And, Christina, I love looking at your my-space. Just this morning I saw your beautiful wedding pictures for the first time. Yes, we can be friends! But you have to request, because I don’t know how to do that.

  4. Elle on November 14, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    I’m right there with you on the prom queen thing…I feel the need to share whenever I get the chance too. ;)

    Because, honestly…what do you do with it otherwise?

  5. Sarah Kate on November 14, 2007 at 8:39 PM

    1) You were prom queen? So jealous. I never even got asked to homecoming…sniff…
    Sadly that has had more impact on my life than being prom queen would have. Sigh.
    2) That’s wonderful that your mom has a myspace. Now that I’ve taught my mom how to text, maybe it’s time for her too…Hmmm…
    So glad for myspace and that we met! Glad to have you here this week!

  6. Laura on November 14, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Hi Annie. I closed my account down about a month ago, and I really miss spying on people. I mean, let’s be honest.

  7. Mark on November 15, 2007 at 1:48 AM

    Congratulations on shutting down the myspace. Now 14-year-old students will have a much harder time stalking you. (See recent blog)

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