If anything could benefit from a massive overhaul, it's beleaguered social network Myspace. What was once the premier social forum on the internet, Myspace slowly (then suddenly and violently) ceded territory to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and many other growing communities.
Now, it looks like Myspace is getting that overhaul. Behold, new Myspace:
"We’re hard at work building the new Myspace, entirely from scratch. But we’re staying true to our roots in one important way—empowering people to express themselves however they want. So whether you’re a musician, photographer, filmmaker, designer or just a dedicated fan, we’d love for you to be a part of our brand new community." That's all it says at new.myspace.com. There's an email signup box, and Myspace says they'll send an invite your way "very soon."
There's a video, however - a pretty detailed one at that. Although you may recognize elements from other popular social networks throughout the new design, Myspace is definitely putting an emphasis on music discovery that is not seen in any of its competitors. Check it out:
Ok, so here's what we know about the New Myspace, as it stands now (obviously, this is just a preview an things could change dramatically before it actually goes live):
Sign in with Facebook or Twitter, naturally:
User profiles resemble Pinterest, with "connects," "comments," and "shares." Oh, and it adopts an interesting side-scroll format.
Music, front and center, with "Mixes." Also note the mini-player at the bottom of the screen. Clicking on one of the mixes seems to open up a page associated with the mix, complete with photos.
The homepage stream also scroll side-to-side and looks a bit Pinterest-y. The "Discover" button on the bottom opens up a music dashboard complete with tending videos, interviews, radio, events, and more mixes.
Nice drag and drop mechanism for adding music to mixes:
Myspace investor Justin Timberlake's all over it, including this demo of the in-profile music videos (pretty cool):
Messages have a 140 character limit and allow you to attach photos, songs, and cross-post to other networks
First impressions - really music-heavy (which should surprise nobody). New Myspace has a lot of focus on discovery and a pretty slick new UI. We'll have to wait and see how the final product turns out, but this shows that Myspace isn't planning on going gently into that good night.