Myspace

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Myspace LLC
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Type Private
Founded 2003
Headquarters Beverly Hills, California, United States
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s)
Key people Tim Vanderhook (CEO, Specific Media)
Justin Timberlake (Co-owner)
Revenue Increase $20 million (2013 est.)[1]
Owner Specific Media LLC
Employees 200[2]
Alexa rank negative increase 992 (June 2014)[3]
Type of site Social networking service
Advertising AdSense
Registration Required
Users 50 million (June 2013)[4]
Available in 14 languages
Launched August 2003
Current status Active

Myspace (stylized as myspace, previously stylized as MySpace)[5] is a social networking service with a strong music emphasis owned by Specific Media LLC and pop music singer and actor Justin Timberlake.[6] Myspace was launched in August 2003 and is headquartered in Beverly Hills, California.[7][8] In April 2014, Myspace had 1 million unique U.S. visitors.[9]

Myspace was founded in 2003 by Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson, and was later acquired by News Corporation in July 2005 for $580 million.[10] From 2005 until early 2008, Myspace was the most visited social networking site in the world, and in June 2006 surpassed Google as the most visited website in the United States.[11][12] In April 2008, Myspace was overtaken by Facebook in the number of unique worldwide visitors, and was surpassed in the number of unique U.S. visitors in May 2009,[13][14] though Myspace generated $800 million in revenue during the 2008 fiscal year.[15] Since then, the number of Myspace users has declined steadily in spite of several redesigns.[16] As of May 2014, Myspace was ranked 982 by total web traffic, and 392 in the United States.[3]

Myspace had a significant influence on pop culture and music[17] and created a gaming platform that launched the successes of Zynga and RockYou, among others.[18] The site also started the trend of creating unique URLs for companies and artists.[19]

In June 2009, Myspace employed approximately 1,600 workers.[2][20] In June 2011, Specific Media Group and Justin Timberlake jointly purchased the company for approximately $35 million.[21] Under new ownership, the company had undergone several rounds of layoffs and by June 2011, Myspace had reduced its staff to around 200.

History of MySpaces[edit]

Beginnings: 2003–2005[edit]

Fox Interactive Media headquarters, 407 North Maple Drive, Beverly Hills, California, where Myspace is also housed.

In August 2003, several eUniverse employees with Friendster accounts saw potential in its social networking features. The group decided to mimic the more popular features of the website. Within 10 days, the first version of Myspace was ready for launch, implemented using ColdFusion.[16][22] A complete infrastructure of finance, human resources, technical expertise, bandwidth, and server capacity was available for the site. The project was overseen by Brad Greenspan (eUniverse's Founder, Chairman, CEO), who managed Chris DeWolfe (MySpace's starting CEO), Josh Berman, Tom Anderson (MySpace's starting president), and a team of programmers and resources provided by eUniverse.

The first Myspace users were eUniverse employees. The company held contests to see who could sign up the most users.[23] eUniverse used its 20 million users and e-mail subscribers to breathe life into MySpace,[24] and move it to the head of the pack of social networking websites. A key architect was tech expert Toan Nguyen who helped stabilize the Myspace platform when Brad Greenspan asked him to join the team.[25] Co-founder and CTO Aber Whitcomb played an integral role in software architecture, utilizing the then superior development speed of ColdFusion over other dynamic database driven server-side languages of the time. Despite over ten times the number of developers, Friendster, which was developed in JavaServer Pages (jsp), could not keep up with the speed of development of Myspace and cfm.

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Logo from 2004 to 2010

The MySpace.com domain was originally owned by YourZ.com, Inc.,[26][27][28] intended until 2002 for use as an online data storage and sharing site. By 2004, it was transitioned from a file storage service to a social networking site. A friend, who also worked in the data storage business, reminded Chris DeWolfe that he had earlier bought the domain MySpace.com.[29] DeWolfe suggested they charge a fee for the basic Myspace service.[30] Brad Greenspan nixed the idea, believing that keeping Myspace free was necessary to make it a successful community.[31]

Rise and purchase by News Corp: 2005–2008[edit]

Myspace quickly gained popularity among teenage and young adult social groups. In February 2005, DeWolfe held talks with Mark Zuckerberg over acquiring Facebook but DeWolfe rejected Zuckerberg's $75 million asking price.[32]

Some employees of Myspace, including DeWolfe and Berman, were able to purchase equity in the property before MySpace and its parent company eUniverse (now renamed Intermix Media) was bought. In July 2005, in one of the company's first major Internet purchases, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation (the parent company of Fox Broadcasting and other media enterprises) purchased Myspace for US$580 million.[22][33] News Corporation had beat out Viacom by offering a higher price for the website,[34] and the purchase was seen as a good investment at the time.[34] Of the $580 million purchase price, approximately $327 million has been attributed to the value of Myspace according to the financial adviser fairness opinion.[35] Within a year, Myspace had tripled in value from its purchase price.[34][34] News Corporation saw the purchase as a way to capitalize on Internet advertising, and drive traffic to other News Corporation properties.[33]

After losing the bidding war for Myspace, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone stunned the entertainment industry in September 2006 when he fired Tom Freston from the position of CEO. Redstone believed that the failure to acquire MySpace contributed to the 20% drop in Viacom’s stock price in 2006 up to the date of Freston’s ouster. Freston's successor as CEO, Philippe Dauman, was quoted as saying “never, ever let another competitor beat us to the trophy”. Redstone told interviewer Charlie Rose that losing MySpace had been “humiliating,” adding, “MySpace was sitting there for the taking for $500 million.” (Myspace was sold in 2012 by News Corp for $35 million.)[36]

Oxfam America President Raymond C. Offenheiser, Wendi Deng, and Rupert Murdoch with MySpace co-founders Anderson and DeWolfe at the 2006 Oxfam/MySpace Rock for Darfur event

In January 2006, Fox announced plans to launch a UK version of Myspace in a bid to "tap into the UK music scene"[37] which they have since done. They released a version in China[38] and have since launched similar versions in other countries.

The 100 millionth account was created on August 9, 2006,[39] in the Netherlands.[40]

On November 1, 2007, Myspace and Bebo joined the Google-led OpenSocial alliance, which already included Friendster, Hi5, LinkedIn, Plaxo, Ning and SixApart. OpenSocial was to promote a common set of standards for software developers to write programs for social networks. Facebook remained independent. Google had been unsuccessful in building its own social networking site Orkut in the U.S. market and was using the alliance to present a counterweight to Facebook.[41][42][43][44]

By late 2007 and into 2008, Myspace was considered the leading social networking site, and consistently beat out main competitor Facebook in traffic. Initially, the emergence of Facebook did little to diminish Myspace's popularity; at the time, Facebook was targeted only at college students. At its peak, when News Corp attempted to merge it with Yahoo! in 2007, Myspace was valued at $12 billion.[45][46]

Decline and sale by News Corp: 2008–2011[edit]

On April 19, 2008, Facebook overtook Myspace in the Alexa rankings.[47][48] Since then, Myspace has seen a continuing loss of membership, and there are several suggestions for its demise, including the fact that it stuck to a "portal strategy" of building an audience around entertainment and music, whereas Facebook and Twitter continually launched new features to improve the social-networking experience.[49][50]

A former Myspace executive suggested that the US $900 million three-year advertisement deal with Google, while being a short-term cash windfall, was a handicap in the long run. That deal required Myspace to place even more ads on its already heavily advertised space, which made the site slow, more difficult to use, and less flexible. Myspace could not experiment with its own site without forfeiting revenue, while rival Facebook was rolling out a new clean site design.[51][52] MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe reported that he had to push back against Fox Interactive Media's sales team who monetized the site without regard to user experience.[16]

While Facebook focused on creating a platform that allowed outside developers to build new applications, Myspace built everything in-house. Shawn Gold, Myspace's former head of marketing and content, said "Myspace went too wide and not deep enough in its product development. We went with a lot of products that were shallow and not the best products in the world." The products division had introduced many features (communication tools such as instant messaging, a classifieds program, a video player, a music player, a virtual karaoke machine, a self-serve advertising platform, profile-editing tools, security systems, privacy filters, and Myspace book lists, among others). However, the features were often buggy and slow as there was insufficient testing, measuring, and iterating.[16]

Danah Boyd, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, noted of social networking websites that Myspace and others were a very peculiar business—one in which companies might serially rise, fall, and disappear, as "Influential peers pull others in on the climb up—and signal to flee when it's time to get out". The volatility of social networks was exemplified in 2006 when Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal launched an investigation into children's exposure to pornography on Myspace; the resulting media frenzy and Myspace's inability to build an effective spam filter gave the site a reputation as a "vortex of perversion". Around that time, specialized social media companies such as Twitter formed and began targeting Myspace users, while Facebook rolled out communication tools which were seen as safe in comparison to Myspace. Boyd compared the shift of white, middle-class kids from the "seedy" Myspace to the "supposedly safer haven" of Facebook, to the "white flight" from American cities; the perception of Myspace eventually drove advertisers away as well.[16] In addition, Myspace had particular problems with vandalism, phishing, malware and spam which it failed to curtail, making the site seem inhospitable.[53]

These have been cited as factors why users, who as teenagers were Myspace's strongest audience in 2006 and 2007,[54][55] had been migrating to Facebook. Facebook, which started strong with the 18-to-24 group (mostly college students),[56] has been much more successful than Myspace at attracting older users.[57][58][59] Not unlike MySpace, Bebo was also unable to compete effectively with Facebook; its valuation plunged from $850 million to just $10 million between 2008 and 2010.[60]

Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch was said to be frustrated that Myspace never met expectations, as a distribution outlet for Fox studio content, and missing the US$1 billion mark in total revenues.[61] That resulted in DeWolfe and Anderson gradually losing their status within Murdoch's inner circle of executives, plus DeWolfe's mentor Peter Chernin, the President and COO of News Corp. who was based in Los Angeles, departed the company. Former AOL executive Jonathan Miller, who joined News Corp in charge of the digital media business, was in the job for three weeks when he shuffled Myspace's executive team in April 2009. Myspace President Tom Anderson stepped down while Chris DeWolfe was replaced as Myspace CEO by former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta.[62][63] A News Corp. meeting in March 2009 over the direction of Myspace was reportedly the catalyst for that management shakeup, with the Google search deal about to expire, the departure of key personnel (Myspace's COO, SVP of engineering, and SVP of strategy) to form a startup. Furthermore, the opening of extravagant new offices around the world was questioned, as rival Facebook did not have similarly expensive expansion plans yet it still attracted international users at a rapid rate.[16] The changes to Myspace's executive ranks was followed in June 2009 by a layoff of 37.5% of its workforce (including 30 percent of its U.S. employees), reducing employees from 1,600 to 1,000.[16]

In 2009, around the time that Myspace underwent layoffs and a management shakeup, the site "relied on drastic redesigns as Hail Mary passes to get users back". However this may have backfired for Myspace, as it is noted that users generally disliked interface tweaks on rival Facebook (which avoided major site redesigns).[54][64]

Myspace has attempted to redefine itself as a social entertainment website, with more of a focus on music, movies, celebrities, and TV, instead of a social networking website. Myspace also developed a linkup with Facebook that would allow musicians and bands to manage their Facebook profiles. CEO Mike Jones was quoted as saying that Myspace now is a "complementary offer" to Facebook Inc., which is "not a rival anymore."[46]

In March 2011, market research figures released by comScore suggested that Myspace had lost 10 million users between January and February 2011, and that it had fallen from 95 million to 63 million unique users during the previous twelve months.[65] Myspace registered its sharpest audience declines in the month of February 2011, as traffic fell 44% from a year earlier to 37.7 million unique U.S. visitors. Advertisers have been reported as unwilling to commit to long term deals with the site.[66]

In late February 2011, News Corp officially put the site up for sale, which was estimated to be worth $50–200 million.[67] Losses from last quarter of 2010 were $156 million, over double of the previous year, which dragged down the otherwise strong results of parent News Corp.[68][69] The deadline for bids, May 31, 2011, passed without any above the reserve price of $100 million being submitted[70] It has been said that the rapid deterioration in Myspace's business during the most recent quarter deterred many potential suitors.[68]

On June 29, 2011, Myspace announced to label partners and press via email that it had been acquired by Specific Media for an undisclosed sum.[71] CNN reported that Myspace sold for $35 million, and noted that it was "far less than the $580 million News Corp. paid for Myspace in 2005."[72] Rupert Murdoch went on to call the Myspace purchase a "huge mistake."[73] Time Magazine compared News Corporation's purchase of Myspace to Time Warner's purchase of AOL – a conglomerate trying to stay ahead of the competition.[34] Many former executives have gone onto further success after departing Myspace.[74]

2013 relaunch[edit]

On September 24, 2012, Justin Timberlake, who has an ownership stake in the company, tweeted a link to a video showing a redesigned Myspace, which was dubbed the "new Myspace".[75] During the months following Timberlake's tweet, Myspace began a closed beta testing phase for its new design. A new feature was the streaming music player where users can queue songs, create mixes or playlists, or start a radio station from a song much like Pandora Radio. Around midnight on Sunday January 13, 2013, new Myspace entered its open beta phase.

On 5 June 2013, MySpace announced that it would be shutting down all games on its platform, though no date was given. It did so on June 11, 2013.[76]

On 12 June 2013, Myspace announced the launch of a mobile app to accompany the new Myspace. The app allows users to listen to personal radio stations, as well those created by artists. It also allows users to create animated GIF files. Originally only available for the iPhone, the app is slated for future release on the Android mobile operating system.[77]

On 13 June 2013, it was reported that MySpace discontinued "Classic MySpace" in a reset of the site and end of beta for their newest version.[78][79] The mass deletion caused an outcry from thousands of users who had lost years' worth of blog entries. Myspace has since provided a download blog option (since expired), a transfer playlist option as well as a transfer photos option, but email, comments, and group messages still remain unavailable. As stated previously, shutting down "Classic Myspace" marked the end of the 6 month long beta period for "New Myspace" as the two sites users merged onto the new previously beta platform to become myspace.com. Prior to this during beta, the sites were available at classic.myspace.com and new.myspace.com. During beta, users had the option to visit either version of the site. As of October 1st, 2013 Myspace says it has 36 million users.[80]

Website features[edit]

Bulletins are posts that are posted on to a "bulletin board" for everyone on a Myspace user's friends list to see. Bulletins can be useful for contacting an entire friends list without resorting to messaging users individually. They have also become the primary attack point for phishing. Bulletins are deleted after ten days.

Myspace had a "Groups" feature that allowed a group of users to share a common page and message board. Groups could be created by anybody, and the moderator of the group could choose for anyone to join, or to approve or deny requests to join. In November 2010, the group feature was turned off; a user clicking on the "Groups" link in the features menu was led to a page that announced that groups were being revamped, and the user could sign up to be informed of when groups would come back. However, As of May 2012 it now states in the Help page "For now, Myspace groups are not available. This is part of an ongoing effort to simplify Myspace and improve the experience for everyone. Although we removed groups, Myspace is still the perfect destination to stay connected."

Since YouTube's founding in 2005, Myspace users' have had the ability to embed YouTube videos in their Myspace profiles. Realizing the competitive threat to the new Myspace Videos service, Myspace banned embedded YouTube videos from its user profiles. Myspace users widely protested the ban, prompting Myspace to lift the ban shortly thereafter.[81]

In early 2006, Myspace introduced Myspace IM, an instant messenger that uses one's Myspace account as a screen name. A Myspace user logs into the client using the same e-mail associated with his or her Myspace account. Unlike other parts of MySpace, Myspace IM is stand-alone software for Microsoft Windows. Users who use Myspace IM get instant notification of new Myspace messages, friend requests, and comments. Myspace IM was added as a default feature of Myspace by the end of 2009.

In early 2007, Myspace introduced MySpaceTV, a service similar to the YouTube video sharing website. Myspace has been showing videos as early as 2006, but it has changed it name to MySpaceTV for a while. In 2009, MySpaceTV reverted to Myspace Video once again. Myspace Video continues to be not as popular as other video sharing sites such as YouTube, but many sites had partnered with Myspace such as Hulu to promote their media to the Myspace community.

There were a variety of environments in which users could access Myspace content on their mobile phone. American mobile phone provider Helio released a series of mobile phones in early 2006 that could utilize a service known as Myspace Mobile to access and edit one's profile and communicate with, and view the profiles of other members.[82] Additionally, UIEvolution and Myspace developed a mobile version of Myspace for a wider range of carriers, including AT&T,[83] Vodafone[84] and Rogers Wireless.[85]

In April 2007, Myspace launched a news service called Myspace News which displays news from RSS feeds that users submit. It also allows users to rank each news story by voting for it. The more votes a story gets, the higher the story moves up the page.

Full service classifieds listing offered beginning in August 2006. It has grown by 33 percent in one year since inception. Myspace Classifieds was launched right at the same time the site appeared on the internet.[86]

In 2008, Myspace introduced an API with which users could create applications for other users to post on their profiles. The applications are similar to the Facebook applications. In May 2008, Myspace had added some security options regarding interaction with photos and other media. Many applications that are popular on Myspace had spin off versions on Facebook. The Myspace app Mafia Wars has become a Facebook sensation as well. On the other hand, Facebook applications such as Bumper Stickers and Farmville has been used in Myspace and was popular as well. Many application partnerships such as Zygna and Slide has been responsible from creating third party apps for use on both Myspace and Facebook, along with for use in the iTunes app store.

Launched April 29, 2008, ksolo.myspace.com is a combination of Myspace and kSolo, which allows users to upload audio recordings of themselves singing onto their profile page. Users' friends are able to rate the performances. A video feature is not yet available.

Myspace Polls is a feature on Myspace that was brought back in 2008 to enable users to post polls on their profile and share them with other users.

MySpace uses an implementation of Telligent Community for its forum system.[87]

In 2009, Myspace also added a new status update feature. If a Myspace user has a Twitter account, the tweet will also update the Myspace status. (Facebook also has a similar feature.) It does, however, require that the two accounts be synched up together.

Status Update Moods[edit]

Moods on Myspace were small emoticons that were used to depict a mood the user is in within a status update. The feature was added in July 2007. The mood feature, as of 2010, was not included by default with the status updates, but could be shared on the homepage as a separate update. Today these emoticon moods are no longer part of Myspace at all as the new owners are focusing the website on music, entertainment, and other forms of art sharing / discovery. Users are encouraged to share their mood by attaching music, photos and art to status updates.

Profile Customization & History[edit]

Originally, Myspace allowed users to customize their user profile pages by entering HTML (but not JavaScript) into such areas as "About Me", "I'd Like to Meet", and "Interests". Videos and flash-based content can be included this way. Users also had the option to add music to their profile pages via Myspace Music, a service that allows bands to post songs for use on Myspace. These two features were very controversial as profiles would often look unprofessional and music would auto play without the end user requesting it.

Today, profiles still offer much more promotional space than competing music services (the market that Myspace is competing in) Spotify and Pandora. The newest version of Myspace allows a full screen cover image with an innovative horizontal tablet friendly scrollbar, a profile default image, space for links to other online presences, a biography section, top 8 connections and other promotional tools available through the navigation rail.

Music[edit]

In late 2003, Fin Leavell encoded his personal music into a Myspace profile, becoming the first Myspace musician.[88]

Shortly after Myspace was sold to Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News and 20th Century Fox, in 2005, they launched their own record label, MySpace Records, in an effort to discover unknown talent on Myspace Music.[29] Regardless of the artist already being famous or still looking for a break into the industry, artists can upload their songs onto Myspace and have access to millions of people on a daily basis. Some well known singers such as Lily Allen, Owl City, Hollywood Undead, Sean Kingston, Arctic Monkeys, and Drop Dead, Gorgeous gained fame through Myspace. The availability of music on this website continues to develop, largely driven by young talent. Over eight million artists have been discovered by Myspace and many more continue to be discovered daily.[89] In late 2007, the site launched The MySpace Transmissions, a series of live-in-studio recordings by well-known artists.

Myspace, in 2008, redesigned its music page adding new features for all musicians. These new features include the users' ability to create playlists, resembling the functions of Last.fm and other social music websites, along with the popular ProjectPlaylist that is popular on profiles. The new music features also archive songs from many popular artists, resembling the services of iTunes and Napster. Myspace music also suggests songs based on the songs you are listening to or the songs you had added to the playlist, making it a music discovery tool. The site features charts similar to Billboard charts and it keeps track of the most popular music liked by users of all genres. It also enables user to view popular music in other countries of the world, mostly in Europe and major Asian countries such as China and Russia.

With the release of the new Myspace, it became clear that music was to be one the sites main differentiators. This of course played into the sites historic strength and allowed them to compete in a niche market against Spotify and Pandora. According to Ebiz's "Top 15 Most Popular Music Sites", Myspace ranks #3 in traffic. As of December 1, 2012, Myspace received 26.5 million unique users each month. This places them comfortably ahead of competitor Spotify which only is seeing 10 million unique users each month yet behind Pandora and Yahoo Music.

Finding new music is simpler on the newest version of Myspace than it's been previously, as users simply need to start typing and the queue will recognize that a user is searching. Myspace also has a discover section with content that is ranked by popularity amongst the crowd.

Redesigns[edit]

Past redesigns[edit]

Throughout 2007 and 2008, Myspace redesigned many of the features of its site in both layout and in function. One of the first functions to be redesigned was the user home page, with features such as status updates, applications, and subscriptions being added in order to compete with Facebook.In 2008, the Myspace homepage was redesigned. Myspace Music was redecorated in 2008 and 2009, making it more like an online music store similar to iTunes and Rhapsody, along with the ability to create playlists. The use of Playlist.com on Myspace was abolished after the new Myspace music was launched.

On March 10, 2010, Myspace had some new features added like recommendation engine for new users which suggests games, music and videos based on their previous search habits. The security on Myspace was also accounted to, with the criticism of Facebook, to make it a safer site. The security of Myspace enables users to choose if the content could be viewed for Friends Only, 18 and older, or Everyone. The website will also release several mobile micro applications for Myspace gamers besides sending them games alerts. The site may release 20 to 30 micro apps and go mobile in 2011.[90]

In Summer 2010, the color scheme of Myspace changed. The classic blue was replaced by a more white interface, to resemble the look and feel of Facebook, and to attract users of Facebook to join or rejoin Myspace. The simplification of the navigation bar also made it easier to find features quickly. In August 2010, the home page was modified to give new room for the Myspace Stream and to make it resemble Facebook further. Profile 3.0 was launched as well, which was an upgrade from profile 2.0. That enabled users to have more creativity with a simpler interface. Templates, like profile 2.0, are added too but it also enabled simpler template creation methods and module control. Building templates has become simpler; without the use of custom HTML or CSS, users can upload photos from their computers or find background images on the Internet by typing a URL, to give it more of a personal, more sentimental and individualist image than the prepackaged layout sites that were used before. HTML and CSS can be still used on the profile, but an HTML or CSS module must be added to promote a neater layout but still use the sponsored layout sites.

In September 2010, Myspace continued to work on improving the website. A photos section was added and the Fotoflexer app was added to photos. Myspace also enabled users to integrate their Myspace activity to their Twitter and Facebook accounts, to attract and show others that they are still on Myspace and to bring users back to Myspace. Myspace Movies was also added to promote movies and movie related media.

In October 2010, Myspace introduced a beta version of a new site design on a limited scale, with plans to switch all interested users to the new site in late November. Chief executive Mike Jones said the site is no longer competing with Facebook as a general social networking site. Instead, Myspace would be music-oriented and would target younger people. Jones believed most younger users would continue to use the site after the redesign, though older users might not. The goal of the redesign is to increase the number of Myspace users and how long they spend there. On October 26, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield said, "Most investors have written off MySpace now," and he was unsure whether the changes would help the company recover.[91]

In November 2010, MySpace changed its logo to coincide with the new site design. The word "my" appears in the Helvetica font, followed by a symbol representing a space. The logo change was announced on October 8, 2010 and appeared on the site on November 11, 2010.[92] Also that month, MySpace integrated with Facebook Connect – calling it "Mash Up with Facebook" in an announcement widely seen as the final act of acknowledging Facebook's domination of the social networking industry.[93][94]

In January 2011, it was announced that the Myspace staff would be reduced by 47%.[95] Despite the new design, user adoption continued to decrease.[96]

Contemporary redesigns[edit]

In September 2012, a new redesign was announced (but no date given) making Myspace more visual and apparently optimized for tablets.[97]

By April 2013 (presumably before), users have been able to transfer over to the new Myspace redesign.

Corporate information[edit]

International versions[edit]

Since early 2006, Myspace has offered the option to access the service in different regional versions. The alternative regional versions present automated content according to locality (e.g. UK users see other UK users as "Cool New People," and UK oriented events and adverts, etc.), offer local languages other than English, or accommodate the regional differences in spelling and conventions in the English-speaking world (e.g. United States: "favorites", mm/dd/yyyy; the rest of the world: "favourites", dd/mm/yyyy).

Sites offered are:

MySpace Developer Platform (MDP)[edit]

On February 5, 2008, Myspace set up a developer platform which allows developers to share their ideas and write their own Myspace applications. The opening was inaugurated with a workshop at the MySpace, San Francisco offices two weeks before the official launch. The MDP[dead link] is based on the OpenSocial API which was presented by Google in November 2007 to support social networks to develop social and interacting widgets and can be seen as an answer to Facebook's developer platform. The first public beta of the Myspace Apps was released on March 5, 2008, with around 1,000 applications available.[98][99]

Myspace server infrastructure[edit]

At QCon London 2008,[100] Myspace Chief Systems Architect Dan Farino indicated that Myspace was sending 100 gigabits of data per second out to the Internet, of which 10 gigabits was HTML content and the remainder was media such as videos and pictures. The server infrastructure consists of over 4,500 web servers (running Windows Server 2003, IIS 6.0, ASP.NET and .NET Framework 3.5), over 1,200 cache servers (running 64-bit Windows Server 2003), and over 500 database servers (running 64-bit Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005) as well as a custom distributed file system which runs on Gentoo Linux.

As of 2009, Myspace has started migrating from HDD to SSD technology in some of their servers, resulting in space and power usage savings.[101]

Revenue model[edit]

Myspace operates solely on revenues generated by advertising as its revenue model possesses no user-paid features.[102] Through its Web site and affiliated ad networks, Myspace is second only to Yahoo! in its capacity to collect data about its users and thus in its ability to use behavioral targeting to select the ads each visitor sees.[103]

On August 8, 2006, search engine Google signed a $900 million deal to provide a Google search facility and advertising on Myspace.[104][105][106] Myspace has proven to be a windfall for many smaller companies that provide widgets or accessories to the social networking giant. Companies such as Slide.com, RockYou, and YouTube were all launched on Myspace as widgets providing additional functionality to the site. Other sites created layouts to personalize the site and made hundreds of thousands of dollars for its owners most of whom were in their late teens and early twenties.[107][108]

In November 2008, Myspace announced that user-uploaded content that infringed on copyrights held by MTV and its subsidiary networks would be redistributed with advertisements that would generate revenue for the companies.[109]

Acquisition of Imeem[edit]

On November 18, 2009, Imeem was acquired by Myspace Music for an undisclosed amount. After the acquisition was completed on December 8, 2009, it was confirmed that Myspace Music bought Imeem for less than US$1 million in cash.[110][111] Myspace has also stated that they will be transitioning Imeem's users, and migrating all their play lists over to Myspace Music. On January 15, 2010, Myspace began restoring Imeem playlists.[112]

Mobile app[edit]

Along with its website redesign, Myspace also completely redesigned their mobile application. The redesigned app in the Apple App Store was released in early June 2013. The app features a tool for users to create and edit gif images and post them to their Myspace stream. The app also allows users to stream available 'live streams' of concerts through the mobile app. New users are able to join Myspace from the app by signing in with Facebook or Twitter or by signing up with email.

Availability[edit]

Location Available Price Version Size Last Update Device Requirement
Apple App Store Yes Free 3.6.2 15.6 MB February 08, 2014 iOS 6.1 or up
Android Play Store Yes Free 3.0.0 32,87 MB May 22, 2014 Android 4.1 or up

The Myspace mobile app is available in the Apple App Store with an Android version coming soon. The mobile web app can be accessed by visiting myspace.com from a mobile device.

Filters[edit]

The Myspace app offers 10 filters that can be added when the user has just taken a photo or just created a gif.

  • Revival
  • Moto
  • Auteur
  • Flint
  • Ciné
  • Havana
  • Reservoir
  • Lagos 77
  • Rye
  • Dillon

Radio[edit]

The app allows users to play Myspace radio channels from the device. Users can select from genre stations, featured stations, and user or artist stations. A user can build their own station by connecting and listening to songs on Myspace's desktop website. The user is given 6 skips on each station.

See also[edit]

Main category: Myspace

References[edit]

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