MySpace.com Goes Back-to-School with New Features for College Students; College Users Can Now Rank Professors, Find Classmates and Update Profiles with Majors, Minors and Greek Affiliations
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 29, 2005 -- MySpace.com, the leading lifestyle and social networking portal, today announced four new Back-to-School features created for the portal's college community. In addition to the site's current college features, MySpace users can now rate professors, list their enrolled courses, connect with other students in their classes and further personalize their profiles by adding areas of study and Greek affiliations. These new features further establish MySpace as the leading social networking portal for the college market.
"We constantly listen to our users and update the site to ensure our community experience is best in class. With the addition of these new college features MySpace once again demonstrates its ongoing commitment to broadening and enriching the experience for our more than 30 million members," said Chris DeWolfe, chief executive officer, MySpace.com.
When users log onto their profile homepage, they can access the "Rate My Professor" feature to sort by teacher name, department or quality ranking. The rankings are scaled one to five and users have the option to include whether their professor is "hot or not," awarding the professor a chili pepper if they make the grade. Users have the option to add comments to personalize their ranking. All of these new college features are also available for alumni.
"Our college community has demonstrated an interest in further connecting their campus lives to their online experience. More than 4,800 schools in the U.S. and Canada have already rated professors and posted more than 170,000 rankings. Clearly these new features have created another way for MySpace users to connect and interact," said Tom Anderson, president, MySpace.com.
MySpace.com is the premier lifestyle portal for networking online. By integrating web profiles, blogs, instant messaging, e-mail, music downloads, photo galleries, classified listings, events, groups, chatrooms and user forums, MySpace has created a connected community where users put their lives online. As the fourth ranked web domain in terms of page views(a), MySpace.com is the most widely used and highly regarded site of its kind. MySpace.com is committed to providing the highest quality user experience and will continue to innovate with new features that allow its users to express their creativity and share their lives, both online and off, with their friends.
(a) Among the top 2000 domains. comScore Media Metrix, August 2005.