Sorry to hear about your experiences with undesirable types. I have to say, I wouldn't set up a
personal profile myself.
I find it interesting to see how artists are using MySpace, some artists really 'work' it and are
busy leaving thank you comments and the like, they seem to be getting the most 'traffic'. I've found
that it takes quite a while before your profile reaches a 'critical mass' and you start getting a lot
of requests from people outside your 'circle' of friends.
I really do dislike the way some artists really 'whore' themselves though, if I see loads of tarts on
their friends list, then I always refuse their requests.
As a contact point where you can have a blog, 6 tracks for people to stream/download, the ability to
have videos/pics and be able to sell Cds from your profile, it has quite a lot going for it.
The hacking/phishing is a pain - I change passwords regularly and approve comments before I let them
go on my profile and I've not been hacked (so far!)
Finally, (IMO) it's not ideal, but it is a great networking site for musicians and being an ambient
musician, I need all the help I can get !