The once reigning champ of social networks, Myspace fell to the wayside when a small startup named Facebook began to catch attention. Over time, Myspace floundered and eventually fell almost into oblivion, except for a core group of musicians and music lovers.
The company also went through a couple of sales and currently, the company is owned by Specific Media, a purchase made in June 2011. Justin Timberlake had placed a financial investment in the company and it was announced he'd be playing a large role in its new design.
In Sept. 2012, Myspace, with Timberlake still serving as the "face" of the company, announced another redesign as the network continued its quest
to reinvent itself and find a position in the new age of networking. Being music was its niche, the network is being revamped to focus on this market segment.
This past week it seems the rebuild has been released with little fanfare. According to Myspace's new home page
, membership is by invite only. The page states "Rebuilt. Redesigned. Reinvented. New.Myspace.com".
Myspace is only letting a select few in at this time; the network's home page does have a link where people can request an invite.
According to WebProNews
, the revamped network "focuses heavily on music and discovery."
Described by several media outlets as being totally different from any previous version of Myspace, it appears the company really has done a total overhaul. Technocrati
describes it as having a "professional feel".
"It appears that the New Myspace sports some of the best elements of a streaming music service like Spotify or Pandora, and also adds a vast social networking layer on top of that," WebProNews writes.
At least two reports have included a "Pinterest" comparison in descriptions.
has published a "how to get started" guide for the new Myspace that includes several screenshots.
It seems initial feedback is pretty positive for the new Myspace. Mashable notes that the network has "taken great pains to differentiate" its feeds from those of Facebook and Twitter. The network is music-centric, not unlike the company indicated back in 2011
when it said it wanted to reestablish itself as an entertainment hub. While membership is limited, Myspace has indicated that in time it will open up a wider network.
What do you think? Are you planning to give the new Myspace a whirl?