MySpace Fires 500 People By Soulless Xerox

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MySpace Fires 500 People By Soulless Xerox

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CEOs take note. This is how you should NOT handle corporate layoffs.

MySpace's slow and painful death-by-inches is continuing to thrash along in embarrassingly public ways. Earlier this week, the company laid off 500 employees (roughly 47% of its workforce) after it launched a massive re-design in order to become profitable. While moves like this often result in a fair amount of bitterness, doing so with a Xerox'd form letter just makes things even more insulting.

TechCrunch recently received an email from one of the former MySpace workers that was full of some fairly damning accusations, apparently including claims that do-nothing managers kept their jobs while the worker bees were thrown out in the cold. However, the most interesting part was that CEO Mike Jones actually notified the employees of the layoffs via an insulting form letter: "He didn't even take the time to personally sign the letters. It's just a xerox copy."

The letter itself is pretty generic, though this one section surely must have made several folks' blood boil:

Although we can't continue on this journey together-I hope you will all stay connected with MySpace and know that your contribution to the business was a unique moment in time and that you participated in something that few have been part of in our industry.

I can't even begin to imagine how insulting a letter like that must feel, particularly for someone involved with the massive redesign of the site. Being laid off in order to make the financial reports look better, especially if the management accusations are true, must really burn. You can read the full letter below.

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Source: TechCrunch

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Wow, Mike seems like a total douchebag. Hope everyone that was laid off finds a bigger better job, maybe at Facebook :P

To be fair, it is a rather sad inevitability that everyone at MySpace is going to eventually lose their jobs - the company simply won't last long.

I know that those who have been laid off must feel insulted at the letter and whatnot, but at least they don't have to have anything to do with the dying website anymore.

Doxcology:
Wow, Mike seems like a total douchebag.

Well, he is eating cold beans out of the can in his office...

Hahaha, that's terrible, I like how he sort of says "Add me on myspace" and "Fuck you" all in the same sentence.

That is just awful. I just had a feeling myspace didn't care, and there is good proof. I would never want to be fired like that, it would make me feel like I am just a pawn in a bigger master plan, and they never even cared to learn my name. Like a stormtrooper. They laid off stormtroopers. I hope they find some better jobs where people actually give a damn.

Myspace is still around?

I didn't even know myspace was still in existence.

Ya sure it sucks. I hope everyone laid off lands on their feet. That said it is 500 people. Sorry but you gotta fire 500 people at once well it is going to become a little less personal. It is a harsh and imperfect world we live in. Get a helmet.

Irridium:
Myspace is still around?

Remind me to make that my Facebook status :P

What I dont get is why Myspace has failed.

Honestly I have seen so little difference between facebook, twitter and Myspace over the years that I honestly cannot fathom why Myspace started out popular and why Facebook and twitter took over in popularity leaving myspace in a position like being your mentally challenged redneck cousin no one speaks about in polite company.

Seriously, they all have basically the same functionallity, what made one better than the other?

As for the jobs.. Well.. Sorry to hear it, but at the same time, anyone who has worked at myspace for the last year should have already been shopping their resumes around anyway. If you know the ship is sinking, there isnt alot of sense to try and ride it out if you dont know how to swim.

Maybe I'm stupid, but why would they need that many employees on Myspace to begin with?

That's more than General Motors does. Stop feeling sorry for yourselves.

No one gives a shit about myspace, ok? It's a footnote. Why do we even care about it anymore?

It's a worthless waste of space fuckup, and it's nasty to think about. This just puts the eighth nail in the coffin.

Wow... I'll never use Myspace again.

Oh wait... they deleted my account. So long Myspace...

Welcome to Corporate America, they don't care.

i bet that "tom" guy who sold myspace for millions feels like a genius right now.

This is why Facebook is booming, and Myspace is sinking like the Titanic. The CEO himself must attempt several dozen insurance scams a month just to keep his house.

Huzzah! Another flawless victory for laissez-faire capitalism!

"You're all FIRED!

...Please keep MySpacing though ;)"

You else are you going to tell a huge % of your staff that you are laying off why?

This is the same as in any organization, especially ones where financial issues have popped up.

I have known, second hand, of companies who just wiped employees access cards and then had to go to reception and then meet an HR person, they had had no idea.

The world we live in is generally a crap place. The second people stop protecting themselves these things happen. You have a choice, ignore it and be laid off or find another job the moment you hear about additional budget and finance reviews.

500 people worked for Myspace?

Thedayrecker:
500 people worked for Myspace?

yeah, that appears to be HALF of their staff....

it took 1000 people to run that crappy site.....no wonder they are bleeding money...

Ouch, bet that sucks. I forgot MySpace even existed tbh.

While this does suck, it was 500 people, you couldn't exactly have a ten minute meeting with each of them, that would be over 83 hours of meetings.

megs1120:
Huzzah! Another flawless victory for laissez-faire capitalism!

Damn right, the shitty company is being destroyed by one with a far superior business model. Brings a tear to my eye!

DoublePost, disregard.

Wow, so much MySpace hate... I think the reason MySpace lost so much was lack of focus and WAY to much user customization. I hate going to someones page as it loads tons of pics and music and animations in colors that make everything difficult to read.

MySpace really shot themselves in the foot, and this sort of mass copy termination letter proves they still don't know how to manage what they have.

Well, Myspace is owned by Newscorp, the same soulless fascist monsters behind fox "news".

viranimus:
What I dont get is why Myspace has failed.

Honestly I have seen so little difference between facebook, twitter and Myspace over the years that I honestly cannot fathom why Myspace started out popular and why Facebook and twitter took over in popularity leaving myspace in a position like being your mentally challenged redneck cousin no one speaks about in polite company.

Seriously, they all have basically the same functionallity, what made one better than the other?

As for the jobs.. Well.. Sorry to hear it, but at the same time, anyone who has worked at myspace for the last year should have already been shopping their resumes around anyway. If you know the ship is sinking, there isnt alot of sense to try and ride it out if you dont know how to swim.

I'd say that initially MySpace was better. People enjoyed customizing profiles and honestly I found it easier to search people I knew on MySpace than facebooks current search engine (which kinda sucks). Facebook had the stupid apps, MySpace didn't (at the time).

Facebook marketed themselves better and overall had a better design concept that is continually refined (in a GOOD way, not this last gasp shit of MySpace).

Google "The Death of MySpace" or "White Flight from MySpace" for a lot of academic research on the subject. It's an interesting story.

Double post again... WTF, escapist? I've typed "I Agree" enough times now.

megs1120:
Huzzah! Another flawless victory for laissez-faire capitalism!

Too bad it's destroying the whole world, and digging a grave for all of us. They've got the market cornered on Omnicide.

Wow, what a douche =/
That said, there were over 500 people working for MySpace? That seems odd to me. I guess you'd need a massive coding and moderation community like that for something that big, though. I don't even want to know how many people work for Facebook.

One day, Facebook will pull a similar move.

Delusibeta:
One day, Facebook will pull a similar move.

And then the they'll join together and create, FACESPACE! or MyBook, whichever ones the catchiest.

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