December 10, 2010
This is a fun question to consider because Myspace looks so different now from how I remember it in the past. I still don't use it as often as Facebook, but for the most part, I like the changes to the site.
The look is more appealing and creative than Facebook's, and I absolutely adore their new logo. It's so cute to have the underscore bracket indicating an empty space. The appearance of the "home" page and "profile" pages are more stream-lined and easier to use. I especially appreciate that Myspace has not gotten rid of the unique customization that users have control over. Instead they have added even more fun features, like badges and the ability to include photos and videos in your chat messages to friends. When you can socialize, twitter, play games, and even connect your myspace with your facebook for a "mashup," why not utilize some of the differences this social networking site offers?
On the other hand, I don't like all the advertisements. They are even more noticeable since all the changes, unlike on Facebook where advertisements are unobtrusively on the right side of the screen. Still, a lot of the advertisements relate to entertainment shows and artists that I already like, which lessons my annoyance to some degree.
In the end, I rate the changes to Myspace as being vast improvements in an effort to compete with a world obsessed with Facebook. I'm not sure if the changes are enough to get Myspace back into the social network game, but I'm proud that they aren't going down without a fight.
I'm still playing around with some of the features myself, so I might update this answer when I discover new tricks or defects to the site.
December 10, 2010
I'm not a fan. I logged in for the first time in a long time the other day just to see what the buzz was all about and was just totally losr. My news feed, for some reason, was full of updates from people who weren't my friends and I felt that the user interface of the site was too cramped in general. I guess their new logo is alright. Slightly clever. Overall though, I will not being using the new Myspace. As some critics have said, they're probably not going to gain back any dormant users, and keeping current members is questionable, but they'll likely be able to target a new, younger generation of users.