MySpace teases a new look

The site many people had written off as dead is mounting a comeback, and an early preview video shows some big changes.

By Kim Peterson Sep 24, 2012 6:34PM
Image: Couple with laptop ( Corbis)MySpace is coming back from the Internet graveyard, and if a new teaser clip is anything to go by, it just might have a chance.

The formerly hot social network is trying to revamp itself, and the new video (seen here) shows a top-to-bottom redesign that looks like the child of Pinterest and Tumblr. The new MySpace looks pretty great -- and could be welcomed by people growing weary of Facebook (FB).

The redesign isn't official yet, but MySpace says it will send an invite to people who leave their e-mail addresses.

News Corp. (NWS) bought MySpace in 2005 for a whopping $580 million and watched the company's value decline almost immediately. It finally sold the site for just $35 million in 2010 to Specific Media. Justin Timberlake has also taken an ownership stake.

Reaction to the new look has been mostly positive. "It looks beautiful," gushes The Next Web. "While we can't pass any judgement without actually using the service, this first preview is by far the most inspiring thing we've seen out of Myspace in years," TheVerge writes.

But some observers are still skeptical. "Ugh," Drew Olanoff writes on TechCrunch. "I don't care if a rainbow Unicorn giving out free money starts using the site heavily, I have zero interest."

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Sep 25, 2012 9:24AM
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I am not a fan of either they are just big time wasters.  I don't care what food you are eating and all the little pictures from your vactation... 
Sep 25, 2012 8:48AM
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i agree with the last 4 words of this article.
Sep 25, 2012 11:36AM
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How many friends do you have? The Answer is none if you consider the ones on these sites. Pull your pants up get out from in front of the cyber-idiot box and go meet some real people for a change! :) LOL phhtttt!

Sep 25, 2012 10:48AM
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Amen - every little thing that one does and when and how is of zippo interest to anyone with a life. I have observed perfectly intelligent, sane, adult individuals post such drivel it is embarrassing. Not to mention the (UGH!!!) personal and private stuff and foul language some folks seem to think is ok. I have accts on FB and MySpace and Twitter - my son set them up - I never go to them - FB is attached to MSN which I use as a partial source for news and access to Hotmail at the office - the stuff posted is insane - I wonder if these folks ever see themselves and how they appear? And I have been friends with some of them in real life for over 25 years haha. Oh well, I guess one can laugh at the stupid stuff
Sep 25, 2012 10:24AM
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Facebook...It's all about the numbers..all shallow webbing..no substance..friends that are as flimsy as their stock prices..social networking..BAH!...plaything for visually starved babies...
Sep 25, 2012 9:06AM
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Good for them if they can make a come back!  the constantly switching social medias is for young people though.  I think Facebook will keep the older people they have. 
Sep 25, 2012 11:15AM
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Still the same old kiddie sh't.

 

Great if you're under 30 - but if you're a grown-up, you have a real "life" other than rock and roll singers and teeny-bopper actors and their hairstyles.

Sep 25, 2012 10:09AM
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I use MySpace but it's mostly because they bought and absorbed Imeem, a cool music site that I liked. The music section on MySpace is nice but that's all I use it for.
Sep 25, 2012 11:58AM
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Nothing will get me to go back to that sorry excuse of a website.  That site was overrun by spammers, scammers, junk mailers, bots, and anything else that a third-party website can use to advertise illegally.  And the worst part is that Myspace did nothing and allowed it to go on.  When I blocked one spammer, 5 more would be messaging me.  I got sick of it and asked for my account to be deleted.  It took me a dozen and a half e-mails over a 2 1/2 year span to get my account deleted.  Myspace should stay in the graveyard where it's been.

Sep 25, 2012 12:06PM
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Screw facebook myspace twitter or any of the rest nobody cares what u did last night or wants to see 100 pictures you took of yourself today its all for a bunch of uneducated retards who cant leave their computer because they have to tag 1000 in a photo they arent even in people are so freakin stupid kids these days all they know how to do fb and tweeting but they are too damn lazy to do anything
Sep 25, 2012 10:52AM
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I liked the new look. But then I'm a big fan of Pinterest. Not a huge participant in FB but it came in handy to let friends know of my brother's recent passing.  Until the new version of MySpace is up and running, the jury will  still be out.
Sep 25, 2012 12:04PM
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Funny, the new introduction to MySpace won't load. It will be difficult to revamp a site that became known as trash. Teenagers and twenty-something's were the one's utilizing the site in order to advertise their drinking, drug use and sexual exploits as well as using the site attempting to promote themselves as what they think people want to see in celebrities. It's an enabler for people who think all they have to do is look like they are somebody rather than actually develop their assets and talents and let those speak for themselves.

 

Bottom line is that MySpace had a good short run. It's done and over.

Sep 25, 2012 11:12AM
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Cyberspace and the Internet must always be FREE from Political Control...otherwise I think we will have to re-read George Orwell book 1984...
Sep 25, 2012 12:15PM
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Bragbook oh I mean facebook is JOKE and Myspace is even more of a joke. 
Sep 25, 2012 11:08AM
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I think all these social networks, like Tagged, Myspace, yahoo, msn, FB, all have social content and value, providing substance...reminds of FADS, clothes or cars, whatever the cultural experience that is needed to help new generations to identify themselves with today standards...I am a senior 63 years old, in my day it was cars and dancing, and who was the toughest guy...etc...the world is changing very fast, and technology is good for the soul...I am so proud of the techs of today, I hope they use it for good use and prosperity for all...
Sep 25, 2012 11:40AM
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As long as they do not let people redo their entire page, to the point where it hurts the eyes or play annoying music when you on there. It might have a chance

I'm sticking with Facebook though, that way I know my eyes and ears will not suffer damage.

Sep 25, 2012 9:45AM
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I decided to try this and it doesn't work. When you "Sign up" it takes your info but nothing happens after that. I then tried to delete my account and there's no place on the site to do so. My Space has to be tweaked out more before I will try this again.. Back to the drawing board for this project.
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