Myspace looks to empower users with redesign

Remember Myspace? The greatest hero-to-zero story in social networking’s history is still going, and is aiming for a triumphant comeback à la Rocky with another redesign.

A preview video (see below) from developers shows the new site taking inspiration from the likes of Tumblr and Pinterest, with a new-found focus on images and video – an inevitable shift given the proliferation of smartphones in Generation Y’s hands.

A senior executive told The Register that the website is being redesigned from scratch. Since Myspace was sold to Specific Media for the paltry sum of $35m – previous owners News Corporation paid $580m in 2005 – it has found removing the shackles of Murdoch’s company means it can re-invent itself quicker and easier.

The driving force behind the new design is “empowering people to express themselves however they want” according to that senior executive.

With Facebook seemingly struggling since it went public, could now be the time for Myspace to take back the social networking crown? Only time will tell.

(Source: The Register)




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