Tag: Facebook

The New Myspace: Like An Old High School Buddy

Just like that high school buddy that left town to attend college and now is back with a degree. That person is still the same guy from high school but more refined but still ever a good friend.

Well, Myspace is back along with a new look. Forget the look, Myspace is be back with a whole new experience.

Last week I requested for an invite to the New Myspace and last night I got invited to join the New Myspace!

You’re invited to Join the New Myspace

I’ve set up my profile, https://new.myspace.com/johnydecali, uploaded a couple pics, connected to some music, and added a couple folks to my Top 8.

Wow! I haven’t messed with Top 8 in a minute lol. Facebook has something like Top 8 called Close Friends but it ain’t like Top 8 where you can display who is in your Top 8 to your friends and trolls that cruise your page.

There’s so much that I want to write about and yet I feel that I still have so much to experience w/ the New Myspace that I don’t want to be to judgmental from my initial test drive of the site. So I’ll just mention a few quick things that are both good and bad.

Let’s first talk about lagging. One would be able to pan horizontally through their stream and what ever they were looking at should populate. Below is how my stream should appear.

My stream feed on the New Myspace.

However with either my connection lagging or the New Myspace server having issues, I was receiving content that was not fully uploaded. Below you can see the same exact screen from above but rather with the upload issue, which was intermittent. If any of you are having the same issues, please let me know because it would be great to know that I’m not alone with this problem. Thanks.

Content not fully uploaded from the server.

Besides the uploading issue, everything is great!

It took me a few seconds to familiarize myself with the UI and get into the habbit of simply hitting escape to close out the pop up windows. Panning horizontally versus the usual vertical style web page seems intuitive, especially since the wheel on the mouse already knows to go from left to right on horizontal websites.

The music features are pretty nice. I like how one can have the music play and have the control bar anchored to the bottom of the web page. You have the options of having a queue of songs play, music video play, or connected to a “radio station” where one would get a feed of the selected artist. If you have a music video playing, by default, it appears full screen but you can quickly minimize the video and that video plants itself to the bottom left of the screen.

Fullscreen: Linkin Park – Burn it Down
Minimized: Mike Shinoda going off at the bottom right of the screen.

With the ability of playing both songs, videos, and being a social website the New Myspace may kill sites like Pandora or Last.fm as a source of streaming music.

Unlike Facebook, where you go on a liking spree and Like a ton of stuff from your feed, the New Myspace does not have a like button. Neither did the original Myspace. But there is a connect button that appears in the form of 2 circles that intersect. When you connect to a person or subject, a portion of the circle gets shaded in. When the other person connects back to you, the 2 circles combine into a single circle to represent how each of you fully connect.

Is connecting the equivalent as a “Like” button? For now I am going to have to say yes.

Below is Scholar Apparel’s New Myspace stream that shows that they have been listening to music and connecting with people.

School Apparel’s stream.

The New Myspace is somewhat similar to Twitter, in the same sense that you only have a limited amount of characters to enter a post or leave a comment. But the New Myspace took it up a notch above twitter by adding an additional of ten characters. To some folks that is a lot, to me it does. But whatever.

Are we going to see the end of Facebook? Google+? Twitter? Who knows but my money is no. People will adapt and so shall Facebook. And in truth, there are so many social media sites that it is a challenge to keep them all up to date. But I do like how the New Myspace appears to be more polished that Facebook.

Let me know what you think of the whole New Myspace and if you’d like to connect to me, just click here.

If you’d like to join the New Myspace, click here to apply.


Interior Design and Social Media

Since after getting out of middle management from Element Case I have rekindled my passion for interior design with my new position at FLOR. With this new rekindled passion I started exploring the social media world for interior design groups. Well, this is what I’ve found:

  • Google+ doesn’t have a large active Interior Design group/page. Pretty disappointing with G+ being so strong and the next big social media next to Facebook and Twitter.
  • Facebook has several groups and associations however most people I know on Facebook use it for leisure and not for a networking professionally. But it’s good to know that organizations such as ASID and IIDA have a presence on Facebook even though there is not a lot of activity.
  • LinkedIn surprisingly have a lot of active Interior Designers posting and commenting on many Interior Design groups. Then again LinkedIn is a place for professionals to come and share their resume and experience.
  • Pinterest is a great place for Interior Designers to spread their work since it is such an easy tool to share images. The UI is even so simple to use!

So it seems that LinkedIn and Pinterest are where all the Interior Designers are hanging out at. It only makes sense since we are visual professionals that like to share our work with the world. As for forums and blogs, there are so many out there that you just have to find that certain niche that you are into to follow and be part of that community. Wished that there was better advice that I could give but it is what it is.

My Opinion on Hunger Games Adventure and FB

A couple days ago Funtactix  released the open beta for The Hunger Games Adventure on Facebook. I found out about the open beta from MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog. My initial reaction upon hearing the news was ecstatic. However after playing the game for a few hours the Hunger Games Adventure is like any other game on FB; Castleville, Mob Wars, Infinite Realms, Cafe World, etc. All you do in the game is grind, gather materials, listen to orders, and repeat. Yes the scenery changes from game to game but grinding is work. I just find it odd for people to check out of work in the real world just to put in “work” in the social media reality. Yes, I’ve played WoW, DC Universe, Battle Field 3, and other MMO’s but those games are more about working with other people to complete a task..

Damn. I don’t think I’m making a good argument.

But what I am trying to say is that I am disappointed with the game due to its redundant task however I do like the fact that you get to somewhat experience what it is like to be in District 12, especially since I’m a huge fan of the story. I’m such a huge fan of the story that I’ve made a Twitter account just to role play with other Hunger Games fans (@D12_Haymitch) Now only if the game could had been ground breaking like the story, then the game would had been amazing. Instead the game is another cookie cutter template on the FB gaming platform.

Maybe you all can help understand why do we play games that require us to work when we don’t enjoy working in real life? Is the web a better place for us? Are we truly robots that enjoy doing mundane tasks?

Hunger Games Adventure