Okay, so a lot of people read my blog post about my MySpace account getting deleted for reporting a security issue. Well it appears someone named Joe from MySpace's Security Enforcement division read that post, and contacted me via email. He was able to restore my account, so I now have a working MySpace account again, and someone to report security issues to :)

So, yeah, things are all good now. Just thought I'd write a short post about this. :D
— Daniel

MySpace Facebook layout screenshot
Hey everyone,
I got bored today and thought it might be fun to make a MySpace profile layout that looks like Facebook. Considering I'm not a designer, I'm rather happy with how it turned out. There's a screenshot to the right, click on it to see a full-size version. I haven't tested in Internet Explorer, but that shouldn't be much of an issue, as most people are using better browsers... Right?

Want to use it?

Please feel free to use this layout on your profile. The only thing I ask is that you keep the credit (Layout by Daniel15) on the page, and in the CSS code itself.

Here's what you need to do if you want to use this layout on your MySpace profile. You should probably already know how to use a MySpace Profile 2.0 layout, but here's a brief overview:

  1. This layout is a profile 2.0 layout. If you haven't already, you'll have to upgrade to MySpace Profile 2.0. This can be done by clicking the "Customise Profile" link in the "Profile" dropdown menu.
  2. Go to the "Customise Profile" page.
  3. Click "Select Theme" and choose the blank one.
  4. Click "Change Layout" and choose a page width of 960px, and the layout with two columns.
  5. Click "CSS" and paste the CSS code into the box.
  6. Click "Change Layout" again (or any other option. You need to leave the CSS tab and go to another one for it to save the CSS settings).
  7. Click "Publish"

Here is the CSS (click)

If you don't like the header, and would prefer the default MySpace one, delete everything between {! Begin header - Remove this section if you want the normal MySpace header !} and {! End header !}

Note I'm giving limited support for this layout. I can try to help you with bugs in the layout itself, but can't help you with anything beyond that. Having said that, please feel free to leave a comment if you find any issues with the layout.

Enjoy!
— Daniel

A while back, I reported a security problem to MySpace. Being a nice person, I thought I'd email them and wait for a reply before telling anyone else (I thought I was the only one to find this problem, but it appears a few others knew of it too. I didn't know this until later). I have reported a few problems to MySpace in the past, and they usually took around two weeks or so to reply. Sure, their reply was something generic, but it was a reply at least. Anyways, back to this story. So, after writing to them, I waited two weeks. Didn't hear anything back from them. A month, still didn't hear anything. So I thought that as a month had passed, I may as well report the security hole to a security site. I wrote to xssed.com, and after a small wait they published an article on it.

Today, I try to log in to my account, and it didn't work. Interesting, I was sure I was typing the correct password. I go to use the "Forgot your password?", and it says my email is invalid. So that's it, they've deleted my account. For me, MySpace was a way to keep in touch with old friends I otherwise wouldn't be able to talk to. And now they've deleted my account. So, they deleted my account for reporting a security issue and showing them a harmless example, yet people that actively try to attack MySpace accounts still have active accounts? This makes no sense, if anything they should be thanking me for finding the bug on their site, and being nice enough not to do anything evil with it. It's totally unfair. Just before deleting the account, I had 467 friends, 1991 comments, 2300 messages, and just over 19000 profile views. I have no clue what's going to happen to my Windows Live Messenger MySpace app, an application that now has around 51,000 users. Whatever, I'm done with MySpace now. I made a new account but don't really care about it any more. Add me on Facebook.

—Daniel

Oh, and http://www.myspace.com/daniel_1515 was my old account. In case anyone searches for it in Google.

Update 9th February 2009: My MySpace account is back. Take a look at my blog post about it.