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