Myspace. For many, a thing of the past, but with some fresh investment and substantial celebrity endorsement (I.e. Justin Timberlake), this tech start up has committed to rising from the ashes from the Facebook fight that left it beaten, battered and bruised, and give world domination one more try.
Although, it seems that this time, they’ve come armed with some pretty striking visuals and a renewed focus on music search and stream (something they attempted half-heartedly a couple of years ago).
If you ask me, I think it looks pretty cool but the question with a website like this is “Will it be able to integrate into online user habits enough to be a contender in the social media space?” Myspace has a tattered history and this will be a barrier for a lot of users who tried it before.
A fun walk down memory lane
IN 2003, Myspace launched. By 2005, the site had taken off and News Corp acquired it for $580 Million. From ’05 – ’08, it was the most visited social networking site in the world and even surpassed Google in the US and hit an all time high value of $12 Billion. We’re talking about a ‘big deal’ website here. But it all went south when Facebook emerged the winner at some point in 2008 and from there, things went down hill. In 2011, Newscorp eventually sold Myspace for $35 Million and declared the acquisition a big mistake.
Where to now?
I’ll let you be the judge. Myspace is now open (as of 13th January 2013) for Beta Testing. See what you think.