Tuesday, September 25, 2012

MySpace Getting An Overhaul, Will It Help?

The much maligned MySpace website is getting a face lift thanks to its new owners. A recently posted teaser video found at New.myspace.com shows off some of the sites new features including what looks to be a new photo stream similar in nature to Pinterest, and a new media heavy format focusing on videos and music.

As you can see from the video below the new site is a major change up from the current layout and a major leap from the traditional design most of the original users were likely accustom to.

On the landing page is an email submission form for notification of when the new launch will begin along with the promise that MySpace will "stay true to our roots."
We’re hard at work building the new Myspace, entirely from scratch. But we’re staying true to our roots in one important way—empowering people to express themselves however they want. So whether you’re a musician, photographer, filmmaker, designer or just a dedicated fan, we’d love for you to be a part of our brand new community.

MySpace's new owners, which includes actor/recording star Justin Timberlake, are trying to revamp the service in hope of restoring the glory of the MySpace of 2008, when it was ranked the No. 1 social network world wide. The site which was originally bought by NewsCorp for $580 million in July 2005 was sold in June 2011 to Specific Media Group and Justin Timberlake who jointly purchased the company for approximately $35 million.

The new changes while significant are a bit out there for me. I for one don't care for the overly image heavy design and the overall look and feel. I've said it time and time again people like their social media sites clean and simple. That is one of the things that drew users away from MySpace and towards Facebook back in they day and that is what is now causing more users to turn their backs on Facebook now. This media laden overhaul certainly won't appeal to me or most of the geeks out there that I know.

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