Facebook and MySpace: Ultimate Mashup
At a short event today, MySpace and Facebook announced a new mashup initiative that lets you login to MySpace using Facebook Connect. Upon visiting MySpace.com, you will now see a login box with the text, “Mashup your Facebook Likes and public profile info to connect with all the entertainment you love for up-to-the-minute news, photos, and more.” The login box highlights the Facebook login feature and you have to click another link to login with actual MySpace credentials.
Clicking Learn More provides the following details:
To help save you time setting up your profile (and give you more of the things you love), we can pull your interests (like movies, music, and celebs) and public profile info (name, email, gender, birth date, and photo) from Facebook and automatically add and follow them on your MySpace profile. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to edit it later!
Dan Rose, VP of Partnerships and Platform Marketing for Facebook, says “There’s nothing different about this implementation than any other Facebook Connect implementation or any other implementation of the Facebook Like button across the web.” In addition, money has not exchanged hands in this deal. MySpace CEO Mike Jones says “We think this is a complimentary offering to Facebook and other social platforms.”
Rose goes on to highlight that MySpace as an entertainment platform and Facebook as a social platform are two different things that compliment each other. While it seems like MySpace is conceding to Facebook as a social network, things may turn out to be a little more complicated than that.
While this move may push more content from Facebook to MySpace, it remains to be seen if more users will actually start visiting the MySpace site on a regular basis. What do you think?