On the same day Facebook revealed its new search features to help you discover things about your friends and strangers you may want to connect with, Myspace came back to the social scene with a similar promise.
Gone is the light blue and orange vertical and customizable layout. Now you can interact with profiles by scrolling from left to right. After logging in, you're prompted to discover, search and connect with artists and musicians.
Currently you can "like" your favorite brand of coffee on Facebook, "check in" to a coffee house on Foursquare, and take a picture of your coffee and share it on Instagram. So where does Myspace, the grandfather of social networks, fit into our new social world? They might say you can connect with the band you heard at the coffee house.
Is that enough to help it survive in an environment where we've been trained to go seek out our favorite celebrities on Twitter and Facebook?
Connecting with bands wasn't enough to keep people on the social network years ago, and one of the main draws of Facebook is the ability to connect with people you know. After setting up my new Myspace account, my second instinct was to connect with friends -- people I already know. I pride myself on being socially savvy, but I couldn't figure out how to first connect with people I know.
I found the answer in the help forum: This feature is in development.
So connecting with friends is out, but connecting with cool-looking strangers is in. What about personalizing my profile? "Let's keep things simple," the site reads under the profile settings.
Simple? I remember my cousin's Myspace page causing my computer to freeze. After processing the code, beer bottles began to rain down from the top of the page. The page was loaded with animated gifs, videos and songs. I wanted to leave a comment on his wall, but I decided to click away before it was too late. I also remember profiles with color combinations that gave you headaches. I kept mine classic: black with pink glitter and a good rock song (unless I was sad. Then Fiona Apple played when you visited my profile).
There's something else missing from Myspace -- the feeling that you can share life's antics, pictures from last night and intimate secrets, because only your friends are on the site. But it was that lack of supervision that led to a wave of news reports. Young girls were running away with men they had met on the social network. It became an unsafe place in the eyes of parents. It was also around this time thefacebook.com was coming on to the scene for college students. And the rest is history.
So have you tried out the new Myspace? Give us your review of the new space.