MySpace syncs status updates with Facebook

Posted: August 31, 2010 in telegraph-co-uk

MySpace users can cross-post to Facebook, following a tie-in between the two social networks

By Claudine Beaumont, Technology Editor
Published: 5:19PM BST 31 Aug 2010

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MySpace users can now synchronise their profile with their Facebook account to make it easier to share updates, links, photos and music with friends

The deal means that people on Facebook will be able to see their friends’ posts on MySpace without having to visit the website.

MySpace users will be able to share their status updates, music, videos, games, links and photos with Facebook friends. They can already synchronise their Twitter accounts with their MySpace profile.

The move is seen by many in the industry as an attempt to keep pace with Facebook, the pre-eminent power in the social-networking space. According to the latest figures from comScore, Facebook attracts around 146 million unique users per month, while MySpace, once the biggest social player on the internet, garners around 61 million visitors.

“This new sync functionality is part of an ongoing effort to make it simple for people to share their updates beyond MySpace and allow fans and friends to interact with that content across the web,” said MySpace in a statement.

“It is particularly exciting for the millions of musicians on MySpace who can now use this tool as a complement to their MySpace Music presence and share their vast library of content.”

MySpace was acquired in 2005 by Rupert Murdoch’s News International group for an estimated $580 million (£380 million). The social networking site, which helped to launch the careers of musicians such as Lily Allen and Sandi Thom, was at that time one of the most popular destinations on the internet.

However, its popularity was soon eclipsed by Facebook, which has more than 500 million registered, compared to MySpace’s estimated 66 million users.

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