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Former social media giant Myspace launches redesign

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NEW YORK – What's old is new again as social media site Myspace re-launches with a new design aimed at drawing in Generation Y.

Originally launched in 2003, Myspace has seen better days - but with new owners Specific Media LLC and pop music singer and actor Justin Timberlake at the helm, it could become a top social media contender once again.   

The websites age does work against it, however, as it's old enough that a few NEWS10 viewers thought it was the sites first launch.

"Another one? I'm currently unemployed and I don't have time for multiple online social networks," said David Stark on Facebook.

But there were also a few tongue-in-cheek responses taking aim at Myspace's lack of relevancy.

Eric DeLap said on Facebook, "Myspace: The internet's abandon amusement park."

But others, like Harley Alderson, supported the new Myspace, "I been on it and it's pretty awesome."

Watching the previews of the new Myspace design, it looks similar to social pinning site Pinterest. And just like the latter did when it debuted, Myspace has created an invite list for anyone interested in trying out the new site.

"We're hard at work building the new Myspace, entirely from scratch. But we're staying true to our roots in one important way—empowering people to express themselves however they want. So whether you're a musician, photographer, filmmaker, designer or just a dedicated fan, we'd love for you to be a part of our brand new community," said Myspace on its invite page.

Users will have a stream, similar to Facebook's news feed – and the usual access to friends accounts, messages and notifications. Music will also be heavily featured on the site as Myspace also feature's Myspace Music which, according to the site, "offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content to users and provides major, independent, and unsigned artists alike with the tools to reach new audiences."

It may be surprising, but the preview video actually impresses – giving users an idea of what Myspace should have evolved into overtime a la Facebook style.

While it remains to be seen if the former social media giant will return to its former glory, with backers like Justin Timberlake and a fantastic redesign, Myspace could once again be a contender in the world of social media.

Will you be signing up for an invite to the new Myspace? Sound off in the comment's section below.

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