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2006-7 http://news.myspace.com

MySpace News in its final form was designed to complement and elevate existing MySpace branding. News, while not personalized to the user, featured aggregated content across over 20 categories, each with its own unique color theme. Users could email, blog, bulletin, comment, and vote on stories. The most active users were rewarded with placement in the Top Commenters. Top categories, stories, local events, and high controversy stories were also bubbled up.

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Mockup of final version of MySpace News. While the version of news that launched was prohibited from displaying news images, which was a large part of the appeal of the original proposal, pictures are surfaced in the form of users who have commented. At left, the 200+ news verticals could be found using keyword search, browsing the accordion display of topics, or by viewing an a-z listing.
Users could click through different comments from the aggregate pages. At upper right, users could subscribe to the aggregate news feed via RSS or choose to get the news feed via widget, created through a collaboration with Sidereus.
Screenshot of MySpace News from the live site.
Screenshot of the Design vertical from the live site. Each of the 20+ categories had its own color theme. The 5-star rating system had a corresponding text explanation to help users understand how to vote on an article, visible in a yellow box beneath the voting figures. Since news topics could range from humorous to very serious, the text per star ranged from "hated it", to "interesting" to "must read".
When a user licked on an article, they would receive a framed version of the page. The vertical version was more amenable to other sites because it didn't push ads too far beneath the fold. From the frame, users could vote, email, blog, bulletin, and comment on the article. They could also navigate to the next articles in their content category without having to go back to the aggregate page. The frame could also be minimized to a slim deck.
View of expanded linkframe, with tab set to comments.
View of expanded linkframe, with tab set to Share with friends.
Minimized linkframe in context.