MySpace to launch redesigned site with Windows 8 Metro-inspired look
MySpace is hoping to revive what was once the world's largest social network with a dramatic new look that promises to launch “very soon.” This is not the first time MySpace has attempted to reboot and survive in a Facebook-dominated Web, and once again the site appears to focus on its top strength: acting as a hub for popular media, particularly music.
MySpace has yet to make an official announcement about the new look, but based on a preview video the social network recently released we can make some educated guesses about what the new MySpace will be like. Keep in mind these features may change once the new MySpace launches.
The site's new design echoes popular social networks such as Pinterest and Tumblr with an image-centric look and large, touchable panels. Some MySpace fans have also noted the new look draws a small inspiration from Windows 8 tablets by using horizontal scrolling for profile timelines (dubbed “latest”) and your MySpace stream.
Based on the preview video, the new MySpace profiles feature a large background photo, similar to Twitter.com, and then your profile updates will be overlaid on top of the larger image. Your profile features links to a feed of your latest updates, a list of all the playlists (now called “mixes”) you've created, your MySpace friends (called “connections”), and photos. Each section features the same horizontal scrolling and image-centric look, including the “Mixes” section. At the bottom of the new MySpace will be a persistent menu bar featuring quick access to your profile, a media discovery tool, messaging, notifications and music playback controls.
Viewing your regular MySpace home page gives you a news stream featuring updates from friends and, presumably, brands and celebrities you're following. This section also features quick links to messages, music, notifications, settings, and other features, according to the video.
The previewed version of MySpace also has a “Discover” section featuring artist news items, interviews, new albums available for streaming, videos, and other entertainment-related features. MySpace already offers something similar on the current iteration of its front page. One new feature appears to be the addition of drag-and-drop functionality for adding new songs to your MySpace mixes (playlists).
Overall, the new MySpace design looks very clean and designed with an eye toward touch-centric devices such as tablets. It's unclear whether current MySpace users will have to sign-up for the new service or if their profiles will be automatically switched over. On the landing page for the MySpace reboot, the social network site invites you to enter your e-mail address to get an invitation to the site's “brand new community,” suggesting the new MySpace may be separate from the current version.
If you'd like to sign up for the new MySpace check out new.MySpace.com to request an invitation.