It's been about a week since the "new" Myspace opened to the public. And so far I'm hearing ... nothing.
The once-popular site used to be a daily stop for me and millions of others. But the rise of Facebook pretty much killed the social network, which eventually became a showcase for hideous design and creepy dudes looking for a good time.
Since the unveiling - not an official relaunch but a shift to "open beta" - I haven't really heard from any of you guys about whether or not it's an improvement. I decided to give it a try, just in case there might be one more social site I need to be a part of.
What do I like about Myspace's reinvention? For starters, it has really simplified the design. The company also now makes it very clear that this is a music-focused network, even though most of us had already used it that way. It also offers an easy search function and integration with Facebook and Twitter.
However, better design doesn't necessarily mean better content. Although Myspace encourages users to discover new artists/tracks, I find Pandora and Spotify much more intuitive. It also seems odd to me that Myspace appears to hype very mainstream artists, not the independent, up-and-coming folks I once used it to find.
As this review points out, another flaw is the lack of a mobile app. I'd say at least 50% of the time when I'm using a social network I'm accessing it via an iPhone or iPad app. The review points out that younger adults rely on apps even more frequently.
This week Myspace faces an even more critical problem: It's being accused of using some music without permission. Though the site claims to have more than 50 million songs in its library, several independent labels (including Merge and Domino) have taken issue with the tracks.
From an artist's standpoint, I suppose Myspace could come in handy for connecting with other musicians in the business, although it seems Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn already serve that purpose.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on Myspace's revamp, although please submit them via the comments or e-mail. Unless the site makes some big additions/improvements over the next few weeks, I doubt I'll be returning to my own page very often!