Until now, the integration between Myspace and Facebook has been limited. But last week, the two networks had a joint announcement about their future collaboration. Myspace has got a brand new design and now enables their users to Connect with Facebook to transfer likes and interests.
Some of the new features
You will be able to sync your Myspace account with Twitter and Youtube besides Facebook, so that your updates will automatically sync. Another new feature that we know from Foursquare is earning badges. The more you use Myspace, the more badges you’ll earn. For instance you can become a Stargazer
Myspace also plan to integrate Like buttons, which will make content from Myspace be shared on Facebook like it is also the case with other sites that has integrated Like buttons.
With the new Facebook Connect functionality your different Likes and interests from Facebook will automatically be suggested to appear as content on your Myspace profile. You can choose check and uncheck the stuff you want to follow.
Two distinct networks
I am sure the collaboration with Facebook will only mean that more users will also be inclined to use Myspace. Now it is easy to create a profile that auto fills some of the content you have already spent time on typing into your Facebook profile.
Also the two networks are quite distinct from each other. Facebook focuses on communicating and networking with your personal contact and has no design options whereas Myspace has a clear focus on music and other entertainment. On Myspace you can also customize your profile and use different themes to give your profile a distinct look.
I think it is a smart move that Myspace makes their service play with Facebook instead of competing against each other. In my opinion Myspace would never be as good as Facebook, if they try to be like them, so why not just do what they are good at and make the two networks stand out from each other.
I actually think the new design looks rather compelling, so maybe I will revive myself on Myspace.