Earlier today the new owners and team behind Myspace released a sneak peak video and holding page. It’s looks mighty impressive - and they needed it to, there’s a lot of lost ground to catch up on and a lot of negativity still attached to the Myspace brand.
Along with the buzz that the video and its glimpse of Myspace’s interface and content possibilities have garnered, a lot of people are asking the simple question; “do we need another social network, even if it’s not a new network?”. Myspace still gets 19m visits a month!
I’m sitting here thinking, do I need another social network!?!
At the moment and on a regular basis I’ll browse and/or post to the following networks;
and with less regularity I’ll browse and post to these networks;
That’s 14 networks, and I have multiple accounts on Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Facebook for all my wares and whatnots. To my knowledge, additional hours in the day haven’t been invented yet, so adding another network to check into will only mean I’m spending less time on my existing ones - especially in the beginning when novelty value is still high - it will probably mean less time working as well, and that’s bad for business!
Curiosity will lead me to sign up to Myspace (again), I want to have a look and see if it is worth all this early fuss, but will it become somewhere I will check on a regular basis? Who knows, it might do.
At the moment there’s no single network that’s perfect - for me anyway; Facebook is too much of a behemoth for my liking and I get too easily sucked into the social side of it - it wastes too much of my time, Twitter’s new API rules have left a bad taste over the last few days and weeks, Google+ is good - but I don’t enjoy using the website, although I’m well aware of the potential SEO benefits. Other networks are niche and I’m happy to keep going with most of those; Tumblr is my blog and I love the blogs that I follow, Society6 is my print shop and I love the artists that I follow, Vimeo, Soundcloud and Flickr I use for certain types of content that I’ll always produce - so they’re not going anywhere, Pinterest is still riding on the new novelty value - it’s good for inspiration but I think I’ll start using it less and less as time goes on.
So, I have no idea where Myspace is going to fit in, I doubt it will, but I’d love it to come along and be the only space I need - how cool would that be!