After months of hype, the “new” MySpace was unveiled today, which promised to be exciting and revolutionary. Much to no one’s surprise, the New MySpace looks very much like (you guessed it) Facebook. It’s just one more case of a has-been playing a game of “Follow the Leader”.
Somebody call the coroner. The official date of death for this once-popular King of Social Media is November 11, 2010.
The new MySpace not only comes across as looking like an impostor, but a very bad one at that. The new layout is extremely confusing, and the user who has a MySpace account will have an easier time navigating a wooden raft across the Atlantic than navigating through this social network wasteland. This is typical for a MySpace makeover, which has been a frequent event over the past few years as the site constantly battles to re-invent itself to its declining user base.
This new makeover only succeeds in one sense, and that is as a pathetic plea for help. It is oddly reminiscent of a middle-aged woman’s attempt to look sexy by injecting her face with Botox and squeezing into a miniskirt several sizes too small. While some may look at the new design and consider it an improvement, most of us will view it as a last-ditch effort to look cool and relevant. A death gasp. A comb-over across the scalp of a balding giant who once ruled over the Internet with an Iron Top 8.
Now that the multitudes of scantily-clad tweens and emo wannabes have graduated to Facebook, the world wonders just who this newly revamped MySpace is intended to serve. The new version looks too technical and complex for the traditional MySpacer, yet it looks like it has no real substance. The features are the same as every other social networking site, which leaves us wondering just what MySpace’s idea of “revolutionary” is.
While the top dogs at Facebook may look at the new site and congratulate themselves on sinking the final free throw that sent Tom back to the dressing room with his tail between his legs, perhaps the current reigning champions of social networking should be looking over their shoulder. Internet trends and technological fads are very short-lived, and within a few years something new and different will come along and make Facebook seem outdated and uncool.
However, until that day comes, Myspace will have to lie on its deathbed because of its self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. We can only hope for a quick and painless death for the former King of All (Social) Media.