The once-dominant social network is redoing its home page. And the changes indicate that the site is trying to emulate some of the success of its rival Facebook.
MySpace, which has fallen from its place at the top of the social-media heap to national punchline-level, hasn’t given up hope just yet. The site is preparing a major revamp of its homepage in an effort to rebrand itself and attract new users, which it plans to do by, uh, emulating Facebook.
MySpace will be instituting a Facebook-style news feed onto users’ pages, with a stream that is “wider and more prominent” and that is constantly updated with status updates and shared content. Additionally, MySpace will feature recommendations — of activities and events, as well as “people you may know” — in a more user-friendly, consolidated manner.
The shift in design comes before what MySpace president Mike Jones promises will be a “major relaunch” this fall. The change comes as Facebook has grown to over 500 million users worldwide, while MySpace claims about 120 million.
The home page is now a lot similar to Facebook’s in that it’s simplified and the user stream features a set of status updates and shared content – again, similar to what Facebook does.
A new “My Stuff” module provides access to photos, videos and music from users’ homepages and recommendations have been combined into a single module.