Saturday, November 17, 2012

The New Myspace


If you are getting sick of Facebook, and I imagine many people are becoming at least somewhat bored of it, then maybe the "new" Myspace will be what you are looking for.  It seems that (a)social networking sites are becoming somewhat a flavor of the month thing as of late.  Will Facebook be able to hold on when the site that was once king re-brands itself?  Or will people do what they did with Google Plus and end up pretty much ignoring it?  After all, Google Plus hardly was much of a success in the way it was expected to be, even though Google Plus seems in a variety of ways to be superior to Facebook.  According to Techradar.com:
The new Myspace isn't trying to compete with Facebook or Twitter; it's got its sights more firmly trained on Spotify and Rdio – and, to a lesser extent, Flickr. And, sort of, portfolio sites. Plus, kind of, dating sites.
Basically, there's a lot going on and it's difficult to know exactly where to start.

The new site leans heavily on images, music and video; users stamp their mark on a profile with a giant cover photo – minimum resolution is 1024x768 - add a profile song, 'connect' to artists, albums and people and nose through contacts' playlists and music mixes.

An ever-present player at the bottom of the screen shows your now playing and the play queue for songs you're streaming from Myspace's impressively-well-stocked music library.

These 'connections' then populate the users' side-scrolling news feed and profiles.
Source:  http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/new-myspace-unveiled-ahead-of-2013-launch-1113083
I must say, that sounds just downright exciting!  I imagine that some people are going to be intrigued when this site comes rolling out in 2013.  Perhaps with the excitement the whole internet will crash for a day or two.  To be honest, the site looks better than Facebook, but then again, so does a rawhide bone that a dog has been chewing at for a month.  With that being said, however, there is one thing that Facebook has that the new Myspace probably won't: the grandma factor.

Around the time that Myspace began its downward spiral, many people who had never signed up for the site, often those who were thought of as less computer savvy, started to show up on Facebook.  Many members of my family who I never would have imagined using Myspace started to create accounts on the site that shall be lovingly called Zuckerburg's Folly.  These people are the kind of people who feel that Facebook is somewhat good for staying in touch (their younger loved ones don't do so well keeping in contact with them off the internet).  I would be very surprised if many of these people made their way to the new Myspace.

I kind of want the new Myspace to succeed.

It may sound strange, but if the new Myspace takes away some of Facebook's market share, we may see the decline of the (a)social giant.  Further, it may be the start of (a)social networks being a thing of the past.  Having one behemoth that controls the entire (a)social network world is not a good thing.  I would rather see a ton of little guys fight for the top spot, in a dog-eat-dog sort of way then see Facebook's name everywhere.  I say, let the new Myspace feed of Facebook for a while. 

Another reason why a new Myspace site may do well is due to the fact that Facebook has irked some people in the last couple of years.  Many people are not fans of Facebook's mindless crusade against privacy and the fact that Facebook is hellbent on making the world a more "transparent" place.  Others do not like the constant barrage of security flaws, including the recent one: A security hole that allowed anyone to see the email addresses corresponding to certain Facebook accounts. "Worse yet, some appear to be accessible without even entering a password. However, a Facebook engineer now says that the company has disabled the feature that created the hole." (Source).  Many people don't like the idea that Facebook can and may be selling people's account information.  Others are not happy that Facebook is starting to charge for new features, such as making certain status updates more visible.  Of course, one can not forget that there are some investors that are irked to the bone that they spent a fortune gambling on what was quite possibly the worst IPO of all time ($45 high, $17.55 low).

The new Myspace may appeal to those who yearn for a return back to the "golden age" of (a)social networking, when the idea was new, and people were signing up left and right for their very own Myspace accounts.  Myspace is somewhat retro now and some will no doubt want to rekindle the magic that has been long lost in the world of (a)social networking.  With that being said, there is no magic to rekindle.  The only magic that existed was when Myspace went down and Tom frantically tried to fix it, allowing one to actually go talk to other people in personum.  Now, for me, that was indeed the golden age of (a)social networking.

2 comments:

  1. This is not related to myspace. However is about the dire situation in S Korea where the govt is coming in to stem digital addicition.

    South Korea to Stem Digital Addiction

    Although it did not mention FB, many people using smartphones are normally addicted to FB.

    Here in Singapore we already have toddlers in the subway train playing with smartphones - New Type of Milk Powder Purchased From Telcos

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  2. For me Facebook is actually a boring place.. Facebook should introduce something interesting, which can make this portal an interesting social networking site.

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