MySpace is rolling out a complete redesign of the user homepage (the page users see when they log in), with a focus on content discovery through the stream and more prominent sharing tools.
The revamp, which will roll out as a “sneak peek” to some users today and to all users on August 16, is part of MySpace’s new effort to showcase its value. Christina Wodtke, General Manager of Social Networking at MySpace, told me that they have a lot of loyal users that have been with MySpace for a long time, but they haven’t really discovered all that MySpace has to offer. The new homepage is an attempt to show users, especially younger ones, what’s cool and interesting on the MySpace network.
The first thing that should pop out at you is the MySpace Stream — just like MySpace’s recent profile redesign, the Stream is front and center, delivering a newsfeed of information about friends directly to the user. There are also a slew of new modules on the right-hand column complete with friend and event recommendations, birthdays and a “My Stuff” module, which gives you quick access to your events, profile, music, photos, video, blog and games — core components of the new MySpace platform. Alerts have also been moved to the top right of the page.
The redesigned homepage is part of a complete overhaul of the MySpace interface. Last month, the company launch a profile redesign to some of its users, again with a focus on the stream and sharing content. The company has also been experimenting with an updated header. According to Wodtke, it’s all part of a “learning to skydive strategy.” The company wants to get a few core elements of the redesign right, specifically profiles and the homepage, before jumping out of the airplane and launching the complete overhaul.
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