I can’t tell you how many times I’ve debated over this with DJs. Many get very comfortable with social networking such as MySpace and FaceBook. And why wouldn’t they? It’s easy to use, you can interact with friends, fans, promoters, other artists and even record labels…and most of all…IT’S FREE! But what happens when the hype dies and the thrill is gone?
I strongly believe that anyone who strives to be at the top of their game should have their own .com (ie: http://www.yourdjname.com). It’s your official online “corporate” headquarters that is strictly about YOU. No comments, no advertising, no friends promoting other events…just you and what you do along with you biography, photos, up-to-date schedule, high resolutions photos, contact info, maybe even some video and a podcast, and surely downloadable media kit. Certainly feel free to add links to your MySpace and FaceBook pages as well.
For those of you who have lived on MySpace for the last couple of years I ask you…have you been on it much lately? or have you moved on to FaceBook liek the rest of us? Personally, I used to be a MySpace junkie and now I live on FaceBook. MySpace has become “EmptySpace.” It’s like a ghost town over there. I know plenty of people still use it, but the interactive features of FaceBook are superior and as users adjust to the learning curve the migration will continue.
Now that you’ve found most of your MySpace contacts on FaceBook and have updated your bio and contact info there and have even moved most of your photos albums, I ask those of you who ONLY use social networks….What will you do when the next big social networking site takes over? Are you going to move all of this yet again???
Well the answer is…of course you will! I’m sure I will too. They don’t call it “the next big thing” for nothing. Whatever it is I’m sure it will be worth it. However, the more you move the harder it becomes to find you. It’s still going to be a hard and painful moving process. Let’s not forget, the more of these sites we have, the harder it becomes to keep them all up-to-date.
Your own .com will stay with you as long as you pay the bill. Web hosting is so inexpensive and there are too many website services out there that are low in cost or free…so no excuses.
Here is my .com as an example: http://davidsabat.com