Few social networking sites have gone through a bigger identity crisis than Myspace. This site was created in late 2003 and gained enormous popularity, starting in 2005. It was known for highly customized profiles, bulletins and Myspace messaging. The most recent update has unveiled the new Myspace. This social media service has realized that, in order to stay alive, it needs to cater to a niche market. Myspace now solely focuses on the music industry.
Instead of a wall, you post and read updates on your stream. The majority of what is posted on the stream is that one of your friends has listened to a selection of songs from the album that is pictured. You then side-scroll to see what other friends posted, whether it is pictures, videos or mixes they've compiled. Instantly listening to a friend's mix is a great feature, but we'd rather not see an album cover for Kesha every time a friend listens to a track. Thankfully, there is a stream filter where you can choose to eliminate music, posts and profiles from the stream, among others.
The site would receive a higher ranking if it were easier to maneuver. The side-scroll may be unique, but there is a reason that no other social media sites utilize it. While Myspace was once known for using very colorful HTML profile pages with an overload of information, there is very little you can change on a member page. You are allowed to add pictures and filter your interests, but that is as far as it goes. As a band or DJ, you have several more options to display your personality on your own page.
Myspace has come a long way from near-bankruptcy to what it is now. Previously, this social network was swarmed with ads and spam mail. Now, there is now a single ad on the site. In terms of privacy, you have the option to make your profile and interests public or private. When you sign into this social media site, you have the option to log in to your classic Myspace account or to the new Myspace. The accounts are not transferable. You'll have to reset your friend and music list to be a part of the new Myspace. We found this to be an inconvenience that may possibly stop people from ever leaving the classic Myspace.
Myspace has been at the top of the heap of social network sites, and then on the bottom. It is now capitalizing on the music-lover niche. This is one of the top social networking sites to use if you want to stay current with your favorite bands and connect with other fans. The interface needs some work, but for a site that is consistently changing, we feel that's in the works.