When I was a senior in high school, MySpace was the bee's knees. Finally, you could connect with your friends, share photos and even blog all in one spot. It was new, fresh and, quite frankly, exciting.
A year later, Facebook (which at the time was only open to college students) launched. Since then, Mark Zuckerberg's ever-growing social media platform has all but completely replaced its predecessor.
But as niche online platforms like Pinterest and LinkedIn continue to see astounding levels of success, could it be time to bring the "original" social network back? And, if so, can MySpace make a comeback?
Justin Timberlake thinks so.
The redesigned MySpace -- which is part-owned by Mr. Timberlake -- will not attempt to regain its former position as the top social media website. Rather, according to CNET, MySpace "appears to be coming back as a media-centric social networking service."
"The new-look MySpace says it aims to put music at the heart. Users can control audio content from a navigation panel and pair photograph albums with playlists in a kind of social media mix tape to mark any occasion. A Discover tab within the navigation panel will offer access to trending artists, music, mixes, radio, videos, news, and forthcoming concerts. The items can be dragged into personal folders. There is also an emphasis on what's called Artist Pages, with the promise of lots of tracks, albums and videos."
Although the social networking website's focus on music media is nothing new, its revamped look and superstar-backing might just help MySpace make a comeback in 2012 and beyond.
Check out the teaser video here.