Any online venture that lasts more than three years is a stayer. One that makes the grand old age of five is a veteran. And with the constant rising and falling of the next, new thing – staying at the top of your game for any web company is a challenge.
So I was interested to see this introduction to the New MySpace. Now, I know MySpace isn’t really designed for me, but I have always struggled with the randomness of the interface, the lack of elegance and so on. Maybe it’s my aesthetic. Maybe because I’m older. Maybe because it reminds me of my desk. Yet, while I had issues with MySpace, I loved the chaos and energy that it harnesses and the focus that it can bring to online communities.
I am a fan of the idea that “ease of use drives consumption” – that is, you design and make something easy to use and people will – surprisingly – use it. And that’s why I am excited to see this new MySpace. I’m not saying I will use it – but this rethinking shows promise that I won’t be able to resist. It may just win me over yet. Woof.