THE MYSPACE DIALECT
Navigating through MySpace,
Da Myspace Hustlerz have noticed what we believe to be a specific communication
developing between large numbers of MySpace users. Amongst all the pictures
dropped in comment boxes of stoned party peeps, fat kids and karate kittens
are enough reoccuring symbols to suggest a MySpace dialect of Olia Lialina's
larger "web vernacular". In the MySpace dialect, for example
glitters are more positive than fractals and a hot "Thanks for the
Add" becomes more than a social calling card: it opens the door for
a later "Dropping by to Show Sum Luv" comment. Exactly how much
love is that? Maybe one could guess from the images included in the subsequently
Dropped Luv: glitter lips or perhaps a half naked angel in a cocktail
glass. Also popular are ASCII greetings, beautiful in their own right
but also are of interest as they show how the MySpace dialect retains
elements of older communication systems. And just like any language, if
you can speak it well, i.e. if your use of the MySpace dialect is particularly
HOTT, your social interactions are more robust with the added MySpace
bonus of attracting more traffic to your own myspace profile and setting
the stage for real-world pimping.
WTF ARE GLITTERS?!
Glitters are a type of animated .gif that
are common as page decoration or "Thanks for the Add!" comments
on myspace. There are a zillion websites that generate Glitters with your
own comments, other websites that are catalogues of images with HTML to
COPY and PASTE where you want or if you want to get super professional,
you can even make your own Glitters. To make a Glitter, you need to use
a software called PSP [Paint Shop Pro] and there are whole web rings dedicated
to the art of Glitters.
|here are some examples
of glitters in effect:
the new fractals.
Here are some links for Glitters tutorials:
on the move - even without PSP you will be able to understand the
amount of work that goes into creating glitters.
Animated glitter - gives it up, but doesn't have as many glitters
as one would expect for a glitter tut.
Angels Doll Bodies - Glitter doll tutorial shows how to colour in
areas of a design with glitters and not just make tiles.
Font Tutorial - Yuppers, Bemymind shows how to glitter fonts in PSP,
that Glitters - These aren't animated so they aren't true Glitters,
but this is how to make gold text with Ulead PhotoImpact 6
Here are some links for Glitters generators:
Text Editor - write your name in Glitters
Glitter Word Generator
- Mariah Carey got her album title inspiration from somewhere.
Here are some hot libraries with images using
Collector - a LOT of bears. Check the Globes.
WHAT ARE "THANKS FOR THE ADD"?!
this guy is thanking you for adding him as your MySpace friend:
When someone accepts your friendship request on myspace, it is customary
in some circles to then add a comment on your new friends profile saying
"Thanks for the Add!" Some people have also flipped it and will
now post "Thanks for the request!" Usually, people make their
own images with pictures of themselves or their bands, however there are
generic "Thanks for the Add" .gifs available.
Glitter Romance - a really great
site with a wide Comment Graphics for using in myspace.
- another nutter made a site with a variety of available scripts for posting
comments in myspace.
Lixel for showin' sum luv and sending those links.
WHAT IS "SHOWIN' SOME LUV"?!
This is a particular kind of comment left for myspace users by their friends
with varying degrees of "luv". It is like saying Yo!! / wassup!!!
/ How you Hanging?!
|here are some typical
Tool Box - scripts for Showing Some Luvs to "Add Comment"
on your buddies myspace profile.
ASCII ART ON MYSPACE
This is another form of frequently occuring comment. Yo you youyu yoy
|here are some typical
** THIS IS BECAUSE YOU ROCK**
Thanks for any and all support!
|A lucky star
dropped on earth 1 night, and it asked me "what do u want?a million
dollars, or a true friend?". I chose a million dollars.....because
i already got you.
*Send this to 20 of ur true friends of my space, If u get this back
ur a true friend
000_______*TRUE FRIEND*___ _000
000000 __________________ 000000
comment was ripped straight from someone's myspace profile. Upon reading
and reflection, this "Thanks for any and all support!" sounds
a bit desperate.