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Dapper Justin Timberlake beckons public into New Myspace
The Justin Timberlake–ordained social networking site opened its doors Tuesday to the general public.
New Myspace is now open to everyone.
The Justin Timberlake–ordained social networking site opened its doors Tuesday to the general public. The site has been in invite-only mode since September.
New Myspace entices people to join by offering them to sign up to listen to a new Timberlake track, “Suit and Tie.” Quietly timed, the launch suspiciously feels like a “splashy ad” for the Jay-Z collaboration, laments TechCrunch. New users are greeted with a stern-faced Timberlake—possibly confused as to why he purchased a stake in 2011—with little information.
Once signed in, users are directed to an iTunes link to the song or an option to begin the New Myspace experience, which puts music sharing in the forefront.
New Myspace’s reinvention couldn’t come at a better time. Statistics from Quantcast reveal that it has been slowly shedding users, with just 10 million visitors in October. At its peak in 2008, 132 million people trawled the site, which was shortly before Facebook overtook it to become the world’s biggest social network.
But if New Myspace is too much for you, there’s a way to relive the past. The “take me back to Classic Myspace” link is tucked away on top of the new homepage—and a thought that Timberlake might be muttering to himself.
Silly Justin. If there’s one star that could get us in, it’s not him—it’s Daniel Craig.
Photo via Myspace.com. Art by Fernando Alfonso for the Daily Dot.
A former editorial operations specialist and staff writer for the Daily Dot, Jordan Valinsky is a tech reporter and web culture commentator. His work has been published by the Week, Digiday, CNNMoney, Popular Mechanics, Vice, Mic, and Betabeat.