My_____ redesigns site, stops competing with Facebook

MySpace practically invented social networking, but somewhere down the line they lost their way and became less and less popular allowing competitors like Facebook and Twitter to take over the top spots. While some companies end up rolling over and disappearing, MySpace is trying to reinvent themselves and they have started by changing their name.

No longer are they called MySpace – they are now called Myspace. Notice the subtle difference? In addition, their logo is changing to My_____. According to the official press release, the blank space in the logo is “a space where people can express themselves, enabling users to personalize the logo and make it their own – just as they can through Myspace.”

Although the social media portion of MySpace has been dwindling and they are no longer a direct competitor to Facebook, the site has been a good place for bands and celebrities to share their information with fans. They have long been known for their loud and flashy multimedia pages that are perfect for sharing new music and video clips, so the new Myspace is planning on taking the best features of the old site and adding tools to automatically discover new content that is related to what the user likes.

The new design is being rolled out in phases and will be available to everyone by the end of November.  Will this change be enough to keep MySpace Myspace relevant? Or will it fade into oblivion like so many other sites have in the past?

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Magallanes said,
The same group that killed Myspace, is killing Facebook.

So, the question is :what's next?

That's not even a question that needs to be asked. The next big thing will be ready when it's time, as always.

If this were Facebook, everybody would be like: Awesome, cool, great, about time -- and there would be that one guy in the back shouting something about privacy.

treemonster said,
myspace is filled with terrible bands spamming updates and friend requests constantly. that's 90% of it's traffic.

I had signed up for Myspace, and was inundated by friending requests from cam girls. So, I would cringe while logging in, until I had given up. That very same thing had destroyed a lot of MSN and Yahoo web real estate years ago, particularly chat, as a result MSN Chat had folded entirely, with that and spamming I would suggest that they invest a little bit more in security, study and learn from the successes of Twitter, and Facebook...then engage the network personalities...news, sports, talk shows, have them rant about your product every twenty minutes on air...it works wonders! You must invest in the promotion of your product! Pay the celebrities market value to engage others in using your product, it becomes cool and popular....Soldier Boy (Rap Star) gets 10k a tweet!

I wish Facebook would add better music tools for artists, then more bands would start using it! (more obvious player, etc)

The band thing is literally the only thing I still believe Myspace has the upper hand on. Needs to die...

They should check out Reverbnation. It's amazing how fast they're growing and how many things you can do on that site.

All these social networking spaces should die!!

Nothing at all "social" about them!!

They should change their name to what they really are, MyWastedSpace!!

cork1958 said,
All these social networking spaces should die!!

Nothing at all "social" about them!!

They should change their name to what they really are, MyWastedSpace!!


You clearly haven't used Facebook then...

Calum said,

You clearly haven't used Facebook then...
He is clearly making an ironic statement that people on these sites have more virtual friends than real friends.

It is pretty obvious that facebook will end up the same way at some point and I for one will welcome its demise. Not to sound elitist but the site is atrocious now they opened it up to everyone. When it was only open to uni people it was a great way of keeping in touch now when i log in i am bombarded with hundreds of fish tank requests and other crap and friend requests from people i never spoke to once at school and dont give a damn about. Not to mention you mum signing up looking at all those photos of you being sick over a toilet.

mattacular said,
It is pretty obvious that facebook will end up the same way at some point and I for one will welcome its demise. Not to sound elitist but the site is atrocious now they opened it up to everyone. When it was only open to uni people it was a great way of keeping in touch now when i log in i am bombarded with hundreds of fish tank requests and other crap and friend requests from people i never spoke to once at school and dont give a damn about. Not to mention you mum signing up looking at all those photos of you being sick over a toilet.

Except:

1) You can block requests from applications so you'll rarely get them.
2) You can easily deny friend requests or block the person and I doubt you're that popular that you get too many requests to handle.
3) You can deny your mother's friend request or block her.

Facebook is awesome when users actually know what they're doing.

Calum said,

Except:

1) You can block requests from applications so you'll rarely get them.
2) You can easily deny friend requests or block the person and I doubt you're that popular that you get too many requests to handle.
3) You can deny your mother's friend request or block her.

Facebook is awesome when users actually know what they're doing.

I doubt you joined facebook from the start as you would know just how much it has changed for the worse it is now very slow buggy and generally a pain to use. Most people I know agree that it has become **** no amount of options can change that.

Calum said,

Except:

1) You can block requests from applications so you'll rarely get them.
2) You can easily deny friend requests or block the person and I doubt you're that popular that you get too many requests to handle.
3) You can deny your mother's friend request or block her.

Facebook is awesome when users actually know what they're doing.

Oh and how very mature your second point is. You clearly have no idea what facebook was like as you are not intelligent enough to go to university.

Terrible thing is, I bet some highly paid idiot got a lot of money for "My_____". Nobody cares about personalising the logo, if they had their way they wouldn't want anything to do with the logo on their page. I hate it when companies think we are as obsessed with their vision about their sites usage as they are.

Ideas come, Ideas go..............................then some linger like a bad smell..............nuff said

The Halo said,
Ideas come, Ideas go..............................then some linger like a bad smell..............nuff said

My______ or whatever the hell it is can be compared to the dead sheep that washed up during the floods on the river bank, luckily for us whenever we have afire or swim at the river the wind is in our favour. that sheep has been there for months, luckily the maggots are doing a good job (bebo) and although they are disgusting-ish as long as they don't come into facebook i'm happy

Eventually the maggots will eat my_____ and all its failing associates and the maggots/bebo will starve to death allowing facebooks to live in peact

HAPPILY EVER AFTER... that won't happen though, maggots will find a dead goat, or maybe a mammoth (google?) then again, mammoths are extinct (or are they?)

It was kind of obvious 4-5 years ago they should have stuck with their strength, which was music. The problem is that over that time a lot of other decent music-related services gained traction while MySpace tried to compete with Facebook. Now My_____ is probably the last site I'd use to listen to a band's music. Bring on Spotify, Grooveshark, etc!

noleafclover said,
It was kind of obvious 4-5 years ago they should have stuck with their strength, which was music. The problem is that over that time a lot of other decent music-related services gained traction while MySpace tried to compete with Facebook. Now My_____ is probably the last site I'd use to listen to a band's music. Bring on Spotify, Grooveshark, etc!

+1

noleafclover said,
It was kind of obvious 4-5 years ago they should have stuck with their strength, which was music. The problem is that over that time a lot of other decent music-related services gained traction while MySpace tried to compete with Facebook. Now My_____ is probably the last site I'd use to listen to a band's music. Bring on Spotify, Grooveshark, etc!

Completely agree. Grooveshark FTW !

Seems like a silly attempt to try and regain popularity, today people dont much care for novelty logos and such; those were the days of bebo. I swear if facebook brought out the ability to host music similar to myspace for new bands to make their own facebook page and share their music, that would kill myspace.

MurrayB said,
Seems like a silly attempt to try and regain popularity, today people dont much care for novelty logos and such; those were the days of bebo. I swear if facebook brought out the ability to host music similar to myspace for new bands to make their own facebook page and share their music, that would kill myspace.

facebook has video upload. facebook has pages which "official representative of" must create. although it doesn't have audio upload (as far as I know), what you asked for is already happening.

Yakuzing said,

facebook has video upload. facebook has pages which "official representative of" must create. although it doesn't have audio upload (as far as I know), what you asked for is already happening.

Facebook has indeed got upload for artists songs, where you can separate them in to albums/genre etc. If anything it's a far better system than MySpaces ever was.

Mike Chipshop said,

Facebook has indeed got upload for artists songs, where you can separate them in to albums/genre etc. If anything it's a far better system than MySpaces ever was.

Cool, I wasn't sure

Brent1700 said,
myspace is dead. end of story.

Myspace is still the 41st most popular website in the world still, which ranks it above:

- The BBC Website
- Apple.com
- CNN
- ESPN
- CNet
- Etc, Etc

I'd call that still pretty successful. Not as successful as Facebook or LinkedIn, but still pretty popular. Some people have a weird idea of "failure".

Brent1700 said,
myspace is dead. end of story.

Yea, like changing the name to a frikkin __ is going to revive them. These guys are practically begging for failure. How about finding a new business model?

superconductive said,

Yea, like changing the name to a frikkin __ is going to revive them. These guys are practically begging for failure. How about finding a new business model?


Yeah, so much for "thinking out of the box", I think they started to think inside a sphere instead.

Majesticmerc said,

Myspace is still the 41st most popular website in the world still, which ranks it above:

- The BBC Website
- Apple.com
- CNN
- ESPN
- CNet
- Etc, Etc

I'd call that still pretty successful. Not as successful as Facebook or LinkedIn, but still pretty popular. Some people have a weird idea of "failure".

Yes but the position 41 is now raising quickly.