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Myspace & Justin Timberlake Try To Become Relevant Again With Social Network Relaunch

Have you thought about Myspace lately? If I were a betting kind of gal, I’d say probably just as much as you’ve though Justin Timberlake’s music career. Did you know, the musician/actor who starred in a film based on the creation of Facebook is trying to make Myspace popular again? This should be fun to watch. 

Their “about us” page still cites Myspace as being a “leading social entertainment destination,” though I think you’d be hardpressed to find many people to agree with that sentiment. But all of that might be about to change. Yesterday, Timberlake posted a link on Twitter to this introductory video to the long forgotten website:

The new Myspace from Myspace on Vimeo.

First of all, the fact that Myspace allows you to sign in with either Facebook or Twitter is both hilarious and sad. (If you never deleted your account, you can sign in with your original log-in information.) Second of all, they use the song “Heartbeat” by Jjamz for the video. In case you didn’t watch the whole thing, here are some of the lyrics:

Maybe I’m ashamed to want you back.
Maybe I’m afraid you’ll never stay.
Thought I hated you a long, long time.
There was my mistake.

But perhaps this is good news for those who’ve grown tired with the ever-growing complications on Facebook and it’s actually been cooking for a while. As The Hollywood Reporter writes, “It was over 450 days ago, June 2011, that Chris and Tim Vanderhook bought MySpace. Monday, in Los Angeles, they were joined by investor Justin Timberlake to unveil the new look for more than 800 company employees.”

But the revamped Myspace is going to have a very specific focus, at least initially.

“In a single sentence, it’s a social network for the creative community to connect to their fans,” said Tim Vanderhook. “We’re going after artists, right after this we’ll be talking to various artists to come on the platform. We want to give them a chance to help build it with us. We’re really far along, but we really want that last twenty percent to really be crafted by more people like Justin that actually know the tools and things that they need.”

Right now, the new look is still in beta testing and you’ll have to request and invite if you want to see it for yourself. Would you try it? Here are some other lyrics from that Jjamz song to bear in mind, “If you break my heart a second time, I might never be the same.”

(via MTV)

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  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I would re-join given the opportunity to try something that isn’t as messy as Facebook, but we’ll see. I made the move to Google+ and quickly found myself alone there.

  • Brian Adkins

    I found out a friend/co-worker’s birthday was last week. Whne I asked why he didn’t tell me,he said, “You would have know if you had looked at my MySpace page.” Then we all laughed. :-) Bt,I think my MySpace page is still active. lol

  • electrasteph

    Some of the folks I know who are in bands have been on myspace all along – I gather it’s always been good to promote music.

  • Samantha Haney Press

    Same here – I wonder, when they say ‘artists’ do they mean *all* artists or just performing artists? Also noticing that the photo gallery looks awfully similar to some Tumblr layouts…

  • Alexis the Unicorn

    I’ve never used Myspace, but this sorta seems like a cry for help. It’s kinda sad, but I might as well try it out anyways. Probably better than Facebook, which is the ultimate bother.

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    We’d all be better off if we used something like Diaspora, and slough off the corporate control.

  • Ashley

    I can’t imagine every actively using MySpace again, though I still visit it once in a while because my favorite author runs her blog that way.

    If they want to try for more activity, more power to them.

    (I do admit to thinking Justin Timberlake is probably a cool dude.)