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Acquired bySpecific Media
Price$35M
Date6/2011

General Information

Websitemyspace.com
Blogmyspace.com/press...
Twitter@MySpace
CategoryNetwork/Hosting
Employees800
Founded8/2003
DescriptionSocial Network

Offices

Beverly Hills, USA
8391 Beverly Blvd.
#349
Beverly Hills, CA, 90048
USA

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Vice President Online Marketing
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Acquisitions

Total$21M
Threadbox, 7/2010
Slingshot Labs, 1/2010
imeem, 11/2009 $1M
iLike, 8/2009 $20M

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MySpace

MySpace is one of the world’s largest social networks, with about 125 million users. Originally inspired by Friendster, MySpace quickly grew to become the world’s largest social network, before being overtaken by Facebook. User pages are highly customizable and support integration with widgets such as Slide or YouTube. MySpace provides users with a way to connect around content and culture.

MySpace was started as a side project of the internet marketing company eUniverse (now called Intermix Media) in August 2003. Brad Greenspan, then founder and CEO of eUniverse oversaw the project, which was also led by Chris DeWolfe (later CEO), Josh Berman, and Tom Anderson (soon to be President). It officially launched in January 2004.

By February 2004, MySpace reached 1 million registered users. By November 2004, that number had reached 5 million. In July, 2005 News Corporation bought eUniverse (renaming it Intermix Media) for $580 M, of which approximately $327 M was the valuation of MySpace. At this time, the site had 20 million registered users. In mid 2007, News Corporation contemplated selling 25% of MySpace stock to Yahoo! in a deal that would have valued the site at $12 B, though this never went through.

After being acquired, MySpace’s revenues grew rapidly, as News Corporation pursued lucrative advertising deals. In August 2006, Google made a $900 M agreement to provide search and advertising directly on the MySpace site, which is set to expire in June 2010.

In mid 2008, MySpace participated in a major site redesign. Throughout its history, critics have often cited the chaotic and disorganized interface as a severe drawback to usability of the site. This redesign made the main page more streamlined and clean.

In late 2006, Universal Music Group sued MySpace for millions in damages from copyright infringement. This suit was settled in mid 2008 by the launch of MySpace Music, a site where users can listen to streaming songs from all sorts of artists. To supplement this venture, MySpace acquired iLike in mid 2009. MySpace had previously also launched a record label in 2005 and musicians such as Lily Allen and Sean Kingston were first discovered through MySpace.

In mid 2007, MySpace acquired PhotoBucket for $250 M in cash, plus an additional $50 M earn-out. By late 2009, News Corporation sold a 2/3 stake in Photobucket to a group of investors valuing the company at $60 M, over 80% less than the acquisition price.

Since 2008, user growth has stagnated and page views and other metrics have fallen. In April 2009, longtime CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe was replaced by Owen Van Natta, in a publicized firing. President and head of product, Tom Anderson, was kept on, but in a different position. Two months following this, MySpace announced it was laying off 30% of its workforce amounting to 420 people.

In June 2011, Myspace was acquired by Specific Media for a reported US$35 million. Justin Timberlake also took ownership in this acquisition and will play a strong role in Myspace’s future strategy and creative direction.

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Products

MySpace Mobile App

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The new mobile app, available on the iPhone, allows users to keep in touch with their MySpace account through their mobile device.

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Above: MySpace Mobile App Screenshot -- #1
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Videos

MySpaceID

StageLive
Launch DateJune 26, 2008

MySpaceID is MySpace’s data portability standards project. The project essentially makes key user data, including (1) Publicly available basic profile information, (2) MySpace photos, (3) MySpace videos, and (4) friend networks, available to partners via their (previousy internal) RESTful API, along with user authentication via OAuth.

The key goal is to allow users to maintain key personal data at sites like MySpace and not have it be locked up in an island. Previously users could turn much of this data into widgets and add them to third party sites. But that doesn’t bridge the gap between independent, autonomous websites, MySpace says. Every site remains an island.

But with MySpaceID, partners will be able to access MySpace user data, combine it with their own, and present it on their sites outside of the normal widget framework. Friends lists can be syncronized, for example. Or Twitter may use the data to recommend other Twitter users who are your MySpace friends.

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Sources

  1. Myspace Acquired, CEO Out: Email From Mike Jones To Employees (techcrunch.com) []
  2. Venturebeat (deals.venturebeat.com) []
  3. Slingshot Labs’ Demise Overblown As SocialPlan Is Acquired By MySpace (techcrunch.com) []
  4. MySpace Signs Agreement To Acquire iMeem (techcrunch.com) []
  5. Breaking: MySpace Close To Acquiring iLike For $20 Million (techcrunch.com) []
  6. Vodafone teams up with MySpace to Create Web 2.0 Music platform (vodafone.com) []
    MySpace Shows Facebook How It’s Done: Google Gears To Power Messaging (techcrunch.com) []
    Citation Needed []
    IODA PARTNERS WITH MYSPACE MUSIC []
    huffingtonpost.com []
    content.usatoday.com []
    News Corp in $580m internet buy (news.bbc.co.uk) []
    Myspace Promotes Relaunch With $20 Million Ad Campaign (mashable.com) []

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