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MySpace, Twitter go Facebook way
Sneha Mahale, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 26, 2012
First Published: 16:53 IST(26/9/2012)
Last Updated: 16:56 IST(26/9/2012)
Myspace

Don’t be surprised if you log on to Twitter or MySpace in a few days, and have a new profile page staring at you. Just when netizens and social networking enthusiasts have started getting used to Facebook’s huge header picture and compulsory timeline, which documents your entire online history since the day you signed up, you will have to readjust your net presence yet again.

Yes, now Twitter and MySpace have opted for a redesign a la Facebook that went in for a profile page with more visual impact last year.

More visual?

Micro-blogging website Twitter’s re-launched website and mobile apps will give users the opportunity to showcase their own photos. The company blog said, “Starting today you can make your presence on Twitter more meaningful with new Twitter profiles. You can upload your header photo, which appears above your tweets, to express yourself instantly, anywhere.”

While their redesign changes will be rolled out gradually, members who want to add a banner image straight away can do so by visiting their design setting page. The new changes will be applicable to the company’s new iPhone, Android and iPad apps.

On the other hand, music-centric online community MySpace too decided to go in for a revamp. A message atop the myspace.com home page said: “Coming soon. The new MySpace.” A link also provides users with a preview of the new website that looks like it is attempting to integrate Facebook and Twitter. “We’re hard at work building the new MySpace, entirely from scratch,” a message at the website said, adding, “But we’re staying true to our roots in one important way — empowering people to express themselves however they want.”

Users react

Meanwhile, users are giving the redesigns a mixed response. Myspace’s revamp is trending on Twitter charts with @PlatinumTim saying, “MySpace is a trending topic? I’m looking forward to seeing how the #NewMy Space does... I’ve got high hopes!” and Hollywood Reporter tweeting, “@JTimberlake’s MySpace Gears Up For Re-Launch”.

Twitter, however, hasn’t had as much luck. “Another compulsory redesign? That’s unfair. Shouldn’t users be given a choice to say no,” says Suraj Chauhan, 22, lawyer.


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