While Facebook has implemented ‘@’ commands in status updates, creating a more ‘Twitter-like’ experience within its popular social network, MySpace has hitched a new deal under which its users can sync their status updates with their Twitter feed.
MySpace is now beginning global roll out of this new feature, at this point any U.S. user can opt-in to sync their status so that any update created on MySpace will appear in their Twitter feed and any Twitter feed update will appear within your MySpace status and mood. The new sync feature works on mobile, uses open authentication technology and will be introduced globally in the coming weeks.
Also interesting in the images supplied by MySpace to illustrate the new feature is mention of the Apple TV. An Industry Standard report this morning claims that Apple’s Apple TV teams – both hardware and software teams – have been “putting in a lot of hours recently”…
Given last week’s Apple TV price-cut is a new model of the device planned? And does Apple intend refreshing its relationships with social networks to widen its integration of these within its products.
Certainly, the mention on the MySpace sample page below showing sample Twitter posts is interesting, shortly after the rhetorical question, “What the heck does an HDMI cable look like?” comes the statement, “am back with an ex – his name is appletv…” Of course, this could just be apocryphal, but it certainly picqued our interest.
One thing’s for sure though, the social networks are booming, and Twitter appears to be emerging as essential network glue for these.
Beyond Twitter? Expect more activity. “MySpace is a place where people go to broadcast, discover, and express themselves. We’ll be adding other networks soon and are excited to see how users will sync their favorite websites to more easily socialize with friends and followers,” MySpace’s ‘people’ explained.
UPDATE: MySpace has since issued the following update: "We wanted to flag that almost immediately after launch a number of musicians, celebrities and comedians including Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Rachel Zoe, Margaret Cho, George Lopez, Jamie Kennedy, David Spade, Slash, Cat Deeley, Chamillionaire, Jim Gaffigan, David Alan Grier, Larry The Cable Guy, and John Witherspoon have synced their MySpace and Twitter updates to connect with fans. This is only the beginning, as we plan to enable our users to sync their updates across even more networks. Looking forward to sharing more news shortly."