Justin Timberlake Shows Off Myspace 2.0 (VIDEO)
Myspace is to Facebook what the quiet brother living in the basement is to his popular jock brother. Justin Timberlake wants to change that image. Although, Myspace has been more of an artist’s showcase rather than the social networking sites of Facebook and Twitter, things are changing. Well, that’s Timberlake’s plan.
After returning from his bachelor party, JT is back at work on the site. Timberlake became an investor in Myspace in late 2011, and released the Myspace 2.0 video on Monday.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Timberlake recognizes that artists use social networking as more of a tool of necessity rather than of their own volition. “It’s just bringing the connection that much closer while still making the artist feel comfortable that they can make their art, lock themselves in a room and torture themselves as they do, and still find a way to comfortably connect with their fan base,” says Timberlake.
He’s also trying to encourage other celebrities to take advantage of the newly modeled site, and will be out promoting the revamped Myspace. “For me, to reach out to the ones that I know, I think for now to be a beta tester, as well,” he said. “I want them to feel a sense of comfortable anonymity to that.” No word yet who his celebrity beta testers will be.
MTV describes the Myspace interface as a “Facebook-meets-Instagram, with hints of Pinterest and Windows 8.” The site will also include ‘Mixes,’ which are playlists organized in whatever fashion you choose. Other features include ‘Connections’ and ‘Trending.’ The former shows your Myspace friends while the latter let’s you see when bands are performing and where. Fans can also be profiled on their favorite artists’ site, so if you’re a huge fan of Timberlake, your photo and profile may be featured on his Myspace page.
As of right now, there’s no public launch date, but what do you think? Will you return to Myspace and give some kudos to the quiet brother in the basement?