How to Move Your MySpace Friends to Facebook


MySpace is in trouble.  And potentially, so are your Myspace profile and Myspace friendships.  It’s time to move your Myspace friends to Facebook.

If you’ve invested any time, energy, or funds into building a network of friends and fans for a Myspace profile, that can be somewhat alarming.  Granted, MySpace will probably still be around for a while, but the constant bugs, the insane navigation, the banner ad cornucopia, and the now 47% smaller workforce maintaining the site, don’t lend a lot of confidence in the likelihood of site improvement over time.

Import Myspace Friends to Facebook

Yeah right, I wish.  Things are never quite so easy.  You can only indirectly plead with your MySpace friends to find you and “Like” you in Facebook.  Fortunately, Myspace offers several ways to help you jump ship, which I describe below.  If you’re like me, it’s been a long, long time since you’ve used any of Myspace’s functionality, and some guidance will help.

Ask Your Myspace Friends to Move to Facebook via Myspace Email

The best way to get a Myspace friend to connect with you in Facebook is to send them a Myspace email asking them to do so.  It’s a little tedious, since you can only email a maximum of 20 friends simultaneously, and have to enter each email address individually, but it’s the best way to reach your most important fans.  (Not recommended for all 50,000 of your friends, you spammer, you.)

Here’s how:

  1. Log into (or Login to?) your Myspace profile
  2. At the very top of the page, move your mouse over the phrase “My Stuff” (located next to “Discover”)
  3. At the far right side of the pop-up module, click on the “Compose” link under “Mail”
  4. Enter up to 20 email addresses into the “To” box
  5. Enter a catchy subject line, something like “Leaving Myspace — please stay in touch!”
  6. Enter your stay-in-touch message, and be sure to include instructions on how to find you.  (If you want to connect via Facebook, enter your Facebook URL.  Make it live, clickable link, and increase its font size to make it standout.)
  7. Send, rinse and repeat as necessary.

There are a few software packages that can handle this process automatically for hundreds (or thousands?) of friends at a time.  Just Google “Friend Adder”, and you’ll see a ton listed.

Use Reverbnation’s FanReach to Email ALL Your Myspace Friends

ReverbNation offers a workaround for MySpace’s 20-email limit on the number of friends you can email simultaneously.  You can create a “Fan Recruiter” email that will go to ALL your friends.  The catch?  The main call-to-action includes a giant “Join my ReverbNation Mailing List” button.  But Reverb allows you to tailor your subject line and email message, which can include a link to your Facebook Page.

Here’s how:

  1. Login to your ReverbNation account
  2. If you haven’t already, sync your account with your Myspace account (Go to “My Profile”, and click on “Sync with Myspace” midway down the page)
  3. Click the “FanReach” tab
  4. Click on “Create Email”
  5. Choose the “Fan Recruiter” template
  6. Customize your email by clicking on the “Edit Message & Subject” button.  (Include your Facebook URL, so people know where to look for you.)
  7. Click on “Send Sample Email” to send yourself a sample, and make sure it looks ok
  8. If you’re satisfied, click on “Select Recipients”
  9. Ignore all the filter options.  On the right side of the page, you should see a box that says, “You are currently targeting: Myspace Friends (All Myspace contacts)”
  10. Click on the “Schedule & Send” button

Post a Bulletin Asking Your Myspace Friends to Move to Facebook

Posting a bulletin on Myspace is like tweeting on Twitter, or posting an update on Facebook.  All your friends will receive a short post in their bulletin board stream.  Bulletins tend to be crowded with cr@p, so don’t bet on many people seeing it.  On a positive note, it’s free, quick, easy, and you can do it as many times as you like, depending on how comfortable you are spamming your friends.

Here’s how:

  1. Log into your Myspace profile
  2. At the very top of the page, move your mouse over the phrase “My Stuff” (located next to “Discover”)
  3. At the far right side of the pop-up module, click on the “Post” link under “Bulletins”
  4. Enter a catchy subject line, something like “I hate Myspace, but love YOU”
  5. Enter your stay-in-touch message, and include instructions on how to connect with you
  6. Send, rinse and repeat as necessary.

Post a Status Update Asking Your Myspace Friends to Move to Facebook

Posting a status update is pretty similar to posting a bulletin.  Like bulletin posts, your friends are likely flooded with updates all day, but to a greater extent.  Give it a whirl, but don’t sweat over it.

Here’s how:

  1. Log into your Myspace profile
  2. At the very top of the page, move your mouse over the phrase “My Stuff” (located next to “Discover”)
  3. On the far left of the pop-up module, click on the “Update Status” link under “Home”
  4. Enter a catchy message, something like “Dropping Myspace — Please stay in touch via Facebook”
  5. Enter your stay-in-touch message, and include a link to your Facebook Page
  6. Click on “Share”

Blog in Myspace About Moving Friends to Facebook

It doesn’t hurt to cover all bases.  Simply post on your Myspace blog about moving to Facebook, and hopefully more of your Myspace friends will follow you there.

Here’s how:

  1. Log into your Myspace profile
  2. At the very top of the page, move your mouse over the phrase “My Stuff” (located next to “Discover”)
  3. At the far right side of the pop-up module, click on the “Write” link under “Blog”
  4. Enter a catchy subject line, something like “I don’t like Zuckerberg, but like Myspace less”
  5. Enter your stay-in-touch message, and include instructions on how to connect with you
  6. Click on “Post”

Create a Myspace Event to Move More Friends to Facebook

Be like Moses, and lead your people to the promised land.  Or rather, create a “Moving” event on your calendar that your friends can see, and hope they make note of it.  It’s a bit of an unlikely stretch, but hey, it only takes a second or two to set up.

Here’s how:

  1. Log into your Myspace profile
  2. At the very top of the page, move your mouse over the phrase “My Stuff” (located next to “Discover”)
  3. In the middle of the pop-up module, click on the “Create Event” link under “Calendar”
  4. Add a catchy event title like “Dumping Myspace, moving to Facebook”
  5. Fill out the form.  Click on more details to add the “Description” field, and enter your “stay-in-touch” message with Facebook URL.
  6. Click on “Save”

More Ways to Migrate Your Myspace Friends to Facebook

The above methods are all active ways to solicit your fans and beg them to follow you away from a sinking ship that is Myspace.  However, friends may still visit your old profile (which you should NOT delete).  There are a few small, additional things you can do…which I don’t necessarily recommend, but I’ll just throw down below as possible ideas for you to play with:

For example:

Stupid ideas, you say?  You’re right.  Not so much because they’re stupid, but moreso because, who cares?  Most self-respecting musicians and bands left Myspace eons ago.

But seriously, if you still have active friend relationships on Myspace, please do your friendships a favor, and migrate them to a new platform, whether it’s a mailing list, a Facebook Page, or a Twitter account.  You worked hard to find and win over your fans — don’t lose ‘em.

Posted to MySpace by Mike on
January 14, 2011
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Comments

Wow this post covers everything, I'm going to send this out to my list now.

It's always a pain trying to get your fans to jump to different places but I think that if you do everything you mentioned above it would catch a lot of them.

Plus you would know that the new people on your facebook page are really into your stuff because they made the effort to follow you.

Speak soon,

- Chris

Thanks, Chris! It's definitely a challenge — few friends/fans, except the most loyal, are willing to switch to a new platform just because YOU are. But what you say is 100% true: it's NOT important that you successfully move ALL your friends/fans, but it's IS important that you move all your LOYAL friends/fans. Taking the steps above basically gives loyal fans the opportunity to do so — and most will.
-Mike

Wow. Garagespin makes some good points here, and while I do still have some myspace stuff going down, I don't mind that you have said we self-respecting musicians should have left (or did leave) long ago. Because it's kind of funny. so I'll give you that, garagespin. But Myspace still rocks in so many ways, and it gave us musicians a platform to start from that I'm forever grateful for.

[...] GarageSpin has a list of methods that will help you move your fans somehwere new. [...]

actually, it's disappointing because these options only work if your myspace friends do indeed still log in to myspace! i'm guessing many of mine do not :/

have you looked at sites such as tweet deck that will integrate the two sites, i'm just now looking into doing so, hopefully i can because i have 7000 friends on myspace…

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