I must say finding out about New Myspace was at first appealing. I mean, we all remember our old profiles, joined by that person we were almost a decade ago. It was the first social network to hit the mainstream and get recognized. The features included ranking your friends, creating bulletin boards, and joining groups to keep tabs on the latest drama at school. For our generation it was a new and exciting way to connect to our friends, but it quickly moved to the backburner as social networking emerged. While the look of it is sheek and refreshing, it lacked some serious qualities. Now we are introduced to New Myspace, if you can even get access. That is the first major flaw, not many can even experience it yet. So here are the qualities of the new network you can look forward to, once the real world gets to test it out.
Like every other website these days, you can sign on using your Facebook or Twitter log on. It then shows your friends from those networks that also have Myspace and allows you to invite them to connect. You have the ability to transfer photos over quickly to update your profile. Friends are now called Connections, similar to LinkedIn. You add these connections to your library not your friends list. Your home page is now called a stream which scrolls sideways instead of up and down. At first, a little confusing, but it makes it look inviting to play around with. The stream page shows your connections and what they are up to like the latest music they are listening to. Now, probably the best feature of this new site is the Discover Tab. Sticking by its title it shows interviews, news, song premieres, covers, and soundtracks. If you like what you hear you have the ability to merge it into your library. Once it is merged there you can create mixes with your photos and the music you admire. Everything to discover is right at your fingertips, even allowing you to connect to artists to follow their latest news.
Now for the downside, previously mentioned, not many can access it. I conducted some research on what others out there on the web think and I am afraid it does not sound promising. Most say it is hard to navigate. The side scrolling is too far-fetched and not easy to adjust to. There are no clear instructions on how to use New Myspace. It also seems like it is only targeting celebrity and entertainment junkies. When you first sign on to Myspace you are asked to choose if you are a writer, actor, and so forth. What if you are a single parent or a lawyer? You can certainly skip that option but then you feel like you are not really welcomed in this elite social network.
Now the real question is whether the New Myspace will last among its competitors. Will it be the new Facebook or will it quickly fade into the darkness like so many other one hit wonders? So if you get a chance, check it out. It might intrigue you like no other website.