MySpace has launched a widget designed on the new Widget Channel TV application framework being co-developed by Intel and Yahoo!. The MySpace Widget for TV allows users to interact with MySpace directly from their TV extending the MySpace experience beyond the browser and making the traditional TV experience more social.
Other social networks will certainly develop their own applications; and while adoption of compatible TV sets will take time, combining social networking with broadcast TV creates a myriad of possibilities for music marketers. Fans could interact with the artist and each other during a concert picking the next songs or inviting more friends to watch, for example.
More on the MySpace Widget for TV's functionality:
The MySpace Dock
The Widget Channel offers a dock mode where users can quickly gain access to the MySpace Widget at the bottom of their TV screens. The MySpace dock is a place for users to keep updated on notifications, with links to “My Profile”, “Messages”, “Friend Requests” and “Status Updates.” Users can open the MySpace sidebar for more information when updates are received by clicking on an icon.
The MySpace Sidebar
Once a user clicks on an icon in the MySpace dock, the MySpace sidebar is opened on their TV screen. The MySpace sidebar is an expanded interface where users can interact with MySpace in a richer environment. The MySpace sidebar allows users to navigate all functionality of the widget and is organized in a familiar, friendly way to MySpace users. The Widget lets users update their status and mood, view friend requests, read and respond to messages, receive friend updates, and browse profiles and photos.