MySpace, popular social networking website offering an interactive user-submitted network of friends is going to release a new a major redesign next week.
This was announced by company in a statement.
It’s not a major redesign but a number of features have been revamped to improve user experience: namely, the homepage, navigation tools, profile editor, search features, and the MySpaceTV player.
According to a company spokesman the redesign was necessary to make site appealing to a broader demographic and letting users interact with the site more (i.e. keeping them around), and has involved in-home studies for testing purposes.
The MySpaceTV player has been improved to support high-definition video and improved full-screen mode as part of the Flash 9 release.
The MySpace profile editing tool has been modified so that people with very little HTML experience can also use it.. A sidebar lets users browse through themes and alter them with a color palette, rather than hard-coding changes.
New MySpace profile editing tool with sidebar – Credit MySpace
Regarding search feature; now, MySpace members will navigate through a set of tabs to search personal profiles, music profiles, the entire MySpace site, videos on MySpaceTV, or the Web as a whole. The site has also worked with the Lucene open-source search engine project.
New MySpace music search – Credit MySpace
The relaunch of the homepage proper has been kept somewhat under wraps, likely because a “major” advertiser is set to take over the site when it debuts. But MySpace has been liberal with the details of most of the other new improvements. They’re not particularly revolutionary, but should still do a thing or two to combat user experience complaints on the social network.
Work on site redesign has been going on for the past six months and it will be released next week on Wednesday.