September 14, 2007 |
This certainly isn’t the most pressing news of the day, but I figured I’d give it a mention anyway, considering how absolutely vital it is for the future of Web 2.0 that the largest social network on the Internet today actually look half presentable.
Yes, yes, if Tom Anderson, co-founder and President of MySpace, goes through with his proposed plan, the social network will by default no longer look…well, like rubbish. Member pages will indeed appear reasonably well structured. Some even might say presentable.
Sure, the new layout looks rather Facebook-ish on the face of things (sorry, redundancy is what you get when your favorite Profy writer – that’s right, favorite – is devoid of caffeine in the thick of morning), what with its widgets and clear delineations, but there’s really only so much you can do with a design when dealing with such miscellany in very limited parcel of real estate. Besides, it’s no secret that everyone copies everyone in the world of tech. At least Mr. Anderson has taken tips from a network which manages to maintain some semblance of order, visually speaking, whilst keeping millions upon millions connected.
I might add that while the current default setup for MySpacers isn’t the best it could be, the layout is almost completely customizable, and templates do exist to cut back on the ugly. But as is generally the case both in the real and virtual world, first impressions count a great deal, so I would advise the network member everybody knows (that’s Tom, FYI) to get to refreshing the standard setup as quickly as possible. The sooner the better.
And by sooner I mean now.