The Wall Street Journal is reporting that MySpace gave pink slips to more than half of its base of 450 employees on Wednesday. Compare that to when MySpace employed 1,400 people as of two years ago, and its easy to picture just how steeply this company has fallen.
After trimming the workforce down, it appears this social network has brought in singer and actor Justin Timberlake. This time, Timberlake won't be playing a part but rather given a minor stake in the company. He will also be employed to revamp MySpace's direction and brand.
A popular spokesperson is an often-used gimmick, but there are plenty of skeptics who wonder what Timberlake could really do to save MySpace at this point. AllThingsD's Kara Swisher puts it plainly: "Maybe they should focus on making products the star first."
As for what that direction might look like, Specific Media CEO Tim Vanderhook told the WSJ that he wants MySpace to evolve into a "digital media company on par with Yahoo, AOL, Facebook and all the other big names out there."
Yahoo? Not quite. Yes, Yahoo is trying to establish itself as a digital media giant rather frame itself around the search engine it became known for, but it hasn't prove itself entirely quite yet.
AOL? No, just no.
[Via The Hollywood Reporter]
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