People can say what they want about Myspace. Yes, it was the pioneering social network that is now the rust belt of social media. Though it was once the main community for aspiring musicians, other platforms like SoundCloud, ReverbNation (mostly through the help of Facebook) had apparently delivered what musicians needed for marketing and branding, and just about collectively abandoned Myspace all together.
Despite the huge loss that the site endured, they have proven over and over again that quitting is not an option. There have been several attempts over the past few years to rebrand the network as a “social entertainment site,” with some minor revamps along the way. These efforts have proven to fall on deaf ears, but it seems that the tables might be turning finally.
In a video released yesterday by Justin Timberlake (no he is not in it), a loyal investor of the site, a two-minute exhibition of “Myspace 2.0” was shown. Admittedly, the overhauled site is looking pretty promising, but also bear many obvious resemblances to other social networks.
A cleaner interface, plus Apple-esque fonts and photos/graphics that might remind one of a device with Windows 8 OS, shows that Myspace is learning the lessons of more successful online institutions.
The sneak video clues in that Myspace 2.0 will also emphasize the application of photos, but in keeping with what gave Myspace fame in the past, the reboot will continue to place music as the focal point. Even with the video, how everything is going to function is a bit of a mystery, but what matters is the obvious improvement that has been taken with accessibility. MTV gives a brief explanation of the two tabs that are shown, including the “Connections” and “Trending” tab.
Connections are what you might think – your friends. But the “Trending” tab looks like it might turn some heads with the high interactive features that will be revealed with artists.
So maybe this is where the hiatus of Myspace could finally come to an end. This effort has already gotten more publicity than any other dire attempt of the past, it’s just a matter now if Myspace is able to convince skeptics and former users to go back. There is no known date into when the site will be launched, but the video release clues in that it will be sooner rather than later.
Mike Lamardo is a contributor to Indie Media Mag based out of North Carolina and internet marketer. Get in touch with Mike on Twitter @MikeLamardo.
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