Remember all the buzz surrounding the launch of the ‘New Myspace’ back in December and early January? It is just me or has all of the talk suddenly stopped since the once failing social network re-surfaced? It has been about a month and a half since Myspace re-opened its doors to the public so naturally, I decided to take matters in my own hands and take a look for myself.
I admit, MySpace (the old version with a capital ‘S’) was never one of my favorite social networks – even when it was popular during my early high school years. After the rise of networks like Facebook and Twitter, all MySpace had going for it was a repulsive design and place for creepy dudes to gather.
This is no longer the case. The new Myspace is an excellent example of how music meets social. Backed by the infamous JT, Myspace is a handy place for artists and their fans to connect. The sleek design provides a modern horizontal interface, much like that of Windows 8, which is not only visually appealing, but easy to use. The audio player is always shown at the bottom of the page to constantly stream music from user created playlists, or from the radio feature which is similar to Pandora. The Myspace app also makes it easy to browse the network on the go.
While the new Myspace has a lot of things going for it, this is not a social network built for interacting with your friends, which means I will most likely not be visiting my newly created page anytime soon. Myspace has all of the necessary tools in place to succeed, but overcoming its own past will be the biggest challenge. I guess only time will tell how successful Myspace can become again.