MySpace 'Mashup' Marks Surrender to Facebook

It's now all about entertainment, not social networking
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2010 6:05 PM CST
This screenshot shows the MySpace website page Wednesday Oct. 27, 2010.   (AP photo/MySpace)
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(Newser) – If you can't beat 'em, join 'em—and that's what MySpace has done with its former rival Facebook, ComputerWorld reports. Although eclipsed as the premier social networking site years ago, MySpace is formally throwing in the towel with the debut of what it calls a "Mashup with Facebook." The result of the "mashup" is that Facebook users can have information from their profiles ported directly to their MySpace pages.

"With these steps, MySpace is giving up on being a social network," writes Sharon Gaudin. MySpace will now focus on the only part of the site that has retained relevance—info on music and movies. The company's language reflects this shift: CEO Mike Jones made no mention of social networking today, instead calling the site "one of the largest entertainment experiences on the Web."

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