If you were busy discussing Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement regarding Facebook Graph Search on Tuesday, you may have missed another major piece of news. The new MySpace is officially open to the public!
The revamped website, which had been in invite-only mode since July 2012, now offers a radically different experience, with horizontal navigation and a strong focus on visual content and, of course, music. Users can stream songs and have the ability to create mixes (playlists) and radio stations.
Profiles have also been completely rethought. They include a huge cover image (1024 x 768 pixels) and minimal bio (150 characters maximum). You can feature a link, your top connections, and a song. To view activity, you will need to scroll to the right.
For those wondering if the goal of owners Tim and Chris Vanderhook and Justin Timberlake is to jeopardize Facebook’s domination, the answer is no: “Instead, Myspace wants to take on the Pandoras, Spotify, and iHeartRadios of this world,” says Digital Trends’ Francis Bea. “Check out the bottom bar of the Web app and you’ll see an integrated music player, meaning that Myspace’s roots as a music platform aren’t being forgotten.”
Users who remember their old credentials can log in and update their info. However, according to Canada.com, “[I]f you sign in with your old Myspace account, none of your old contacts or posts get transferred over. But that also means you get a clean slate!”
Others can use Facebook, Twitter, or a regular email to open an account.
For a tour of the New MySpace, visit https://new.myspace.com/tour.
For tips to make the most of the site, click here.
What do you think of the new MySpace? Will you use it?