February 22nd, 2013
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The Resurrection of Myspace

Right around the time that AOL’s AIM began to fade away and right before the phenomenon that is Facebook got started, there was this little website called MySpace. It was a place for you to create a profile, find friends, and share music, an original Facebook, if you will. Unfortunately for MySpace, once Zuckerberg’s Facebook went viral, its days were numbered. That is until recently.

Myspace has been resurrected from the dead. It is new and improved,  (with a newly appointed lower case “s”) AND it’s pretty. Its new design is sleek and modern and poised to catch the attention of social media mavens everywhere. At its peak, the old Myspace had more than 100 million users, but it had also gained an R-rated reputation for the lack of monitoring that went into the content on the site. Now it’s back, and better than ever with its fresh facelift.

You’ll notice when visiting the newly revamped site that it took a page out of Facebook’s manual and asks users for a profile picture as well as a cover photo. However, the cover photo has a minimum size of 1,024 x 768, which means that it’s going to take up an entire browser window, but also possibly discourage the copyright violation of easily downloadable pictures.

The best thing about it though, is how incredibly easy it is to navigate. It mirrors Windows 8 in that; it has a horizontal scroll and gives you one large horizontal stream with all the updates from friends and artists. When Myspace was first introduced it was supposed to be a place for artists to also share their music, and for bands to get recognition. This is clearly still the intention behind this new Myspace as well. The difference now being that it has incorporated a Spotify, or Pandora type player. Music was always the driving force behind Myspace, and it has a top of the line music player, which interacts with the site content effortlessly.

Also it is worth notating that the player also handles video. When you click on a video it takes up your entire browser, but if you move your mouse or click around, it will be reduced. The video will always stay in the corner, even if you close that window, therefore not disturbing your listening experience. While I never had a Myspace profile, I would always scour the website for new bands to check out. The music sharing on Myspace was great, and it was where I discovered a lot of the artists that I still listen to today. It was nice to see that aspect has not been lost. Music is still the driving force behind Myspace and where Pandora and Spotify exist to bring you a type of Internet radio, Myspace encourages users to search for new music. The site is about actively seeking out new artists and mixes, and the new design encourages that browsing. It didn’t take me long to find some new tunes throughout my search.

With all of the social media networks out there, it will be interesting to see if Myspace will be able to handle the pressure. It’s coming back at a time when social media is the norm in society and just about everyone has adopted some form of it, but I have a feeling it’s going to be one to watch in the future.

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