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MySpace rolled out a new email service in beta today, symbolizing the beleaguered social network’s first step towards redeeming its fallen status. The new service, called MySpace Mail, is gradually being rolled out over the next two weeks to the social network’s 130 million users worldwide. […]

MySpace logoMySpace rolled out a new email service in beta today, symbolizing the beleaguered social network’s first step towards redeeming its fallen status. The new service, called MySpace Mail, is gradually being rolled out over the next two weeks to the social network’s 130 million users worldwide. The release is a move in the right direction for MySpace, as it offers more enhanced capabilities than Facebook’s message system.

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In MySpace Mail, you can embed photos from your profile directly into messages, track what your friends are up to in real time, and view your mail inbox, sent messages, friend requests and notifications all in one screenshot — things you can’t do on Facebook. MySpace users who already have a vanity URL (a feature Facebook just incorporated last month) have an email address reserved for them in the format: username@myspace.com.

If you don’t like your vanity URL anymore, you can change both the vanity URL and email address when you set up the mail service. MySpace Mail also offers unlimited file storage, an address book that automatically saves your contacts, and the ability to search within your mail using Google Gears.

Given its large user base, MySpace claimed in a press release that its new mail service can eventually become the fourth-largest mail provider in the world and the second largest in the U.S. Yahoo is currently the largest email provider in the U.S. These are big claims for MySpace to make, though it’s questionable whether or not it will fulfill them. Its current messaging system accounts for 20 percent of its traffic on the site. The new email system can give MySpace a much-needed page view bump.

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  1. hmmmm. i might need to head back to myspace for the first time in at least a year, if not longer. this looks interesting.

    of course, with a social networking site, the *mail* aspects aren’t as important to me as the *feed* filtering capabilities. if i can’t keep track of the added content that i’m most interested in, then i won’t stick around long.

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  2. It’ll be extremely interesting to see how this pans out. I highly doubt that this will catch on. What is the advantage over say, Gmail? It will be more of a hassle to switch over than anything else.

    “Given its large userbase, MySpace claimed in a press release that its new mail service can eventually become the fourth largest mail provider in the world and the second largest in the U.S.”

    I feel like MySpace is being very misleading…you have to remember that millions of their accounts are inactive and/or spam profiles. I last logged into MySpace about 6 months ago.

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    1. Andrew,

      Very good points. I don’t know how many people are out there on MySpace who are actively using the service. I think the success of this “app” is going to actually let us all know how good/bad Myspace is actually performing.

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  4. cant i get one of this

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  6. iHave ah question: Like how are you supposed to go back to regular mail? Because iDont like the “new mail”.

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    1. yea same here its very buggy

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  7. why its nt showing the new myspace inbox/mail on my
    page…it shows on my brothers but not mines…wat do
    i do to fix it

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  8. if u go to delete a message..where is the trash pile at?

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  9. is there a way i can switch to the regular one because it wont tell me if the messeges are sent or did the people read it

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  10. I really dont like the new myspace mail and would appreciate if you had a way to go back to the old mail…if so please let me, as well as various others, know how

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