Last year I wrote a couple of articles about the future of MySpace. Towards the end of the year, MySpace re-launched with an entirely new social media network, New Myspace.
People were invited to sign up for the new social network and amongst a few who were selected; I also received an invite to join in and experience the New Myspace.
The first look of the New Myspace looks very sleek and trendy. However, it takes a little while to get used to it. The first thing you’d notice is the horizontal scrolling.
It works similar to Facebook’s timeline; however, the layout seems to be more image-centric like Pinterest.
On the left side is a small menu that has five options that let you control your: stream, library, people you are connected with, account and privacy settings and sign out. Just under the menu is an option to send out invites to others to join, write your post on a bigger screen and to show and hide page filters.
There is a small bar down on the screen that helps you navigate. You can click on ‘myspace’ to return to the home page anytime;
Click your name to go to your profile pageclick the small flag icon to see your notifications;
Followed by another icon for chat box that opens up horizontally.
The ‘Discover’ button lets you browse new trends in People, Music, Mixes, Videos and Music Videos and Radio; working as a slideshow.
The search button next to it allows you to search the site, and
it’s followed by a small Spotify like media player, which plays your Mixes or Radio every time you log in.
The website looks sleek and inviting and is loaded with features, though some of them (like typing on a full screen to search) are useless. The emphasis on visual content, pictures and videos as well as radio makes it more conducive for artists to showcase their work. In some cases, it will remind you of portfolio hosting websites, but imagine them with an option to connect to people who are interested in your work, and for free.
Since the New Myspace is handing out invites to people by affiliation, just like Google did when it launched Gmail, it would be interesting to see if they will be able to keep the community uncluttered. For now, it looks promising, neat and professional.
Shubhit S., Epik Music Videos