News about the new Myspace traveled quickly around the web yesterday, and I must say, at first glance it looks pretty impressive. The new Myspace looks like what would happen if Instagram, Pinterest, iTunes and Facebook joined forces and took steroids. You can see aspects of all the most popular social media platforms mixed into one. It capitalizes on the most important, dominating aspects of social networking these days.
It brought me back to when the original Myspace first came out. I was in middle school. It was before the days of Facebook. Back when my sister and I would stay up after our parents went to bed and take turns (fight over) chatting with our friends (boys) on AIM.
I remember being much more into Myspace when it first came out than I was when I got a Facebook account. When I first got Facebook it wasn't as visually and musically stimulating. It was like the boring version of Myspace for college kids. You could only have a Facebook account if you had a college e-mail address. It seemed almost a little snooty to me.
Plus, Facebook had no music or background display options. I'm a lover of music so Myspace really intrigued me with that element. Obviously, over time, the Facebook bug got to me, and then consumed me. I even quickly forgot my Myspace login name and password! I have never looked back...until now.
You can login to the new Myspace using your Twitter or Facebook account which I think was a very smart move on Myspace's part. As the easiest way to join a new social media platform, it would be silly NOT to have this login option.
A few questions/concerns instantly arose in my mind:
1. Is it TOO complicated? Is it trying to use TOO many aspects of social media?
2. Will this generate more popularity than Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter?
3. How will businesses be able to utilize Myspace?
I don't think anyone will be able to accurately answer the first two questions until the new platform is released. As for businesses utilizing the new Myspace, I think there will be a dominating platform for artistis, musicians and actors. I think, like any new social media platform, there will be a place for other businesses on the new Myspace as well. I think it will be more geared to newer, more progressive companies and start-ups, however. A lot of small, traditional businesses are still weary when it comes to using Facebook, a platform that took years to build up its credibility.
What do YOU think?
The new Myspace is taking the old Pinterest approach and asking interested users to request an invite.
Watch this video and tell me you don't want a new Myspace account to start customizing...