The New Myspace
There seems to be yet another player in the ever evolving world of social networking. This time it’s not Pinterest or Google+ competing with social King Facebook, but rather a service that has been around for quite some time…yes thats right, Myspace. In the past, Myspace has been confronted with some criticism on a range of issues, including online privacy, child safety and censorship, but then made a comeback with a focus on music and targeting artists. The service is owned by Specific Media LLC and pop star Justin Timberlake, and in 2012 alone they still had a total of 25 million unique U.S. visitors.
In fact, from 2005 until early 2008, Myspace was the most visited social networking site in the world, and in June 2006 surpassed Google as the most visited website in the United States. In April 2008 is when it was overtaken by Facebook in the number of unique worldwide visitors, and was surpassed in the number of unique U.S. visitors in May 2009, though Myspace generated $800 million during the 2008 fiscal year. So what is with this redesign of yet another new MySpace? Users seem to be able to log in with Facebook or Twitter and are able to import numerous things. There is still a large music component as well which allows users to browse albums, find popular songs and more.
The new interface does indeed look quite clean, just watch the video for yourself or visit https://new.myspace.com/ to learn more. I am curious to see if this new platform is what will get the Myspace name back on the top of the social network market, or if people will still pass it up. Personally, I am on so many social networks as it is, I may just brush this one to the side, despite the sleek design and interest of how it works. It feels as almost a Pinterest or Path for yourself. Leave in the comments what you think this move means for Myspace and other social giants!