My invitation to the “New MySpace” has just come through, so I immediately stopped what I was doing to check it out. MySpace was once the leader of social networking but the unicorns and fairy gif’s got old and Facebook was born.
The sign up process of the New MySpace is super simple. It’s using large typography and full screen layouts which is something that we haven’t really seen in a while.
I would love to share my link but from what I understand unless you are in the “New MySpace” you won’t have access because it’s still in closed beta.
Already on the New MySpace, connect with me.[/box]
Trailer Video by MySpace
At this stage it is still very much in the early stages of beta testing. You can connect with people, comment, upload a profile pic, share photos, change your cover photo and post status updates. It is also very heavily geared towards music with a bar that runs along the bottom that reminds me a lot of Spotify. Allowing you to search for tracks and create your own mixes “play lists”. However it doesn’t seem to have some of the latest tracks released by artists, this may be due to its closed beta stage.
The above video shows that you can search your Facebook friends and possibly Twitter followers to see who is on MySpace that you might know. This feature must be still in the works because I don’t have access to it.
What does it offer photographers?
Well at this stage not much. At the moment you can only really upload photos, but you can’t organise them. There isn’t a way of uploading videos or embedding them from other services such as YouTube or Vimeo.
With that said, we need to keep in mind that it is still in closed beta, so all of these little issues should be ironed out by the time they open it up to the public. If and when that is done, the New MySpace will server as a beautiful social network platform to share your work and engage with piers.
Some interesting facts about the New MySpace: Justin Timberlake is backing it financially, funny since he played Sean Parker in “The Social Network”. Maybe he caught the investment bug? Oh and for the Australian readers the User Interface, User Experience and Design were all done by an Australian company, JosephMark.
I guess the only question remains will, this slow the Facebook juggernaut?