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MSN Spaces
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Commercial? Yes
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Type of site Blogs
Registration Free
Owner Microsoft
Created by MSN

MSN Spaces is Microsoft's free Social Networking platform. The site was launched in early December 2004 with the aim of allowing its users to reach out to others by publishing their thoughts, photos and interests in an easy and compelling way. With this goal, MSN Spaces finds itself competing with similar services like MySpace and Yahoo!'s 360º. Download high resolution version (1024x744, 88 KB)MSN Spaces new look web site as of April 2005. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is an international computer technology corporation with 2005 global annual sales of US$39. ... MSN (or the Microsoft Network) is a collection of Internet services provided by Microsoft. ... This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is an international computer technology corporation with 2005 global annual sales of US$39. ... A social network is a map of the relationships between individuals, indicating the ways in which they are connected through various social familiarities ranging from casual acquaintance to close familial bonds. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MySpace is a social networking website based in Santa Monica, California offering an interactive network of blogs, user profiles, groups, photos, and an internal e-mail system. ... Yahoo! Inc. ... Yahoo! 360º is a personal communication portal similar to Googles Orkut, Friendster and the incredibly popular MySpace. ...


As well as allowing users to share their thoughts, photos and interests, MSN Spaces users are given over 100 varied themes and several different page layouts to choose from when designing their MSN Space. Users also have the option to set access rights for visitors to their MSN Space based on the relationship between them (e.g. Friends, Family etc.). Visitors may also be granted permission to comment on various aspects of a user's MSN Space.


MSN Spaces is integrated with all versions of MSN Messenger from version 7 onwards. This integration allows MSN Messenger users to easily view their contacts' MSN Spaces and also alerts users (via "Gleams") when their contacts' have updated their MSN Space. In the summer of 2006, MSN Spaces will become part of the Windows Live services platform, at which time it will be rebranded as Windows Live Spaces. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Windows Live Messenger. ... Screenshot of Windows Live Beta homepage Windows Live is the collective brand name for a group of Microsoft services which are currently under development, being largely rebranded from MSN—the new, consolidated online services style will largely echo that of Apples . ...

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PowerToys

Several "PowerToys" are available for MSN Spaces users that allow for greater customisation of an individuals MSN Space. The "Windows Media Player" PowerToy gives users the ability to play and display music and videos on their MSN Space. The "Tweak UI" PowerToy, gives users the flexibility to alter the style, color and transparency of certain aspects of an MSN Space, while the "Custom HTML" PowerToy grants users the ability to call a small amount of hand-written HTML code (a feature that is often used for displaying banners and other graphics).


All of the PowerToys are beta features which are unsupported and can only be added to an MSN Space by the following process:


1. While editing your MSN Space, add the relevant code onto the end of your MSN Space's URL in your browser's address bar: A Uniform Resource Locator, URL (spelled out as an acronym, not pronounced as earl), or Web address, is a standardized address name layout for resources (such as documents or images) on the Internet (or elsewhere). ...

 a. For Windows Media Player use: &powertoy=musicvideo b. For Tweak UI use: &powertoy=tweakomatic c. For Custom HTML use: &powertoy=sandbox 

2. Click the Go button next to your web browser's address bar.


Contact Cards

Contact Cards can be viewed in MSN Messenger, Hotmail and in a member's profile.
Contact Cards can be viewed in MSN Messenger, Hotmail and in a member's profile.

Contact Cards, which summarize recent additions to an MSN Space for a particular user, are integrated with MSN Messenger, MSN Web Messenger and Hotmail Contacts. Clicking on a users icon in your buddy list, pops up their Contact Card which shows thumbnails of their recent photos, a summary of their recent blog entries and a short list of recent songs from their playlist. MSN Contact Card used with MSN Messenger 7 and MSN Spaces. ... MSN Contact Card used with MSN Messenger 7 and MSN Spaces. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Windows Live Messenger. ... Hotmail is a free webmail e-mail service, which is accessible via a web browser. ... Hotmail is a free webmail e-mail service, which is accessible via a web browser. ...


Criticism

MSN Spaces has attracted some controversy from some of its users.


The Terms and Conditions that all users must agree to when signing up for an MSN Space, grant Microsoft permission to "(1) use, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, modify, translate and reformat your Submission, each in connection with the MSN Web Sites, and (2) sublicense these rights, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law." Finally noting that "Microsoft will not pay you for your Submission." [1]


It has also mentioned that MSN Spaces censors the words that a user can choose when naming their Space, prohibiting for example the word whore or the so-called "seven dirty words". [2] In addition, Microsoft has received criticism for censoring the words "democracy" and "freedom" under its Chinese portal. [3] The seven dirty words are seven English words comedian George Carlin listed in his monologue Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television, released in 1972 on his album Class Clown. ...


MSN Spaces has also been criticized from people for supposedly deriving its "MSN Spaces" brand name from the popular blogging/social networking website Myspace.com. There has been no information whether if the "MSN Spaces" brand name was derived from Myspace.com. It has been suggested that Online diary be merged into this article or section. ... A social network is a map of the relationships between individuals, indicating the ways in which they are connected through various social familiarities ranging from casual acquaintance to close familial bonds. ... MySpace is a social networking website based in Santa Monica, California offering an interactive network of blogs, user profiles, groups, photos, and an internal e-mail system. ...


Finally, the MSN Spaces logo is very similar to the trademarked logo of popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, which has been in use since the distribution was first released in October 2004: a stylised aerial view of three people of different colours holding hands in a circle, at the same angle. [4] Linux (also known as GNU/Linux) is a Unix-like computer operating system. ... Ubuntu, pronounced (oo-BOON-too), is a predominantly desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux, often compared to Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X in terms of usability, support and ease of use. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


As with other blogging services MSN Spaces experiences attacks from spammers and troublesome users. Common examples of this including adding multiple comments (flooding), spam (in comments and through TrackBacks) and threatening messages. TrackBack is a mechanism for communication between blogs: if a blogger writes a new entry commenting on, or referring to, an entry found at another blog, and both blogging tools support the TrackBack protocol, then the commenting blogger can notify the other blog with a TrackBack ping; the receiving blog...


Trivia

  • MSN Spaces is one of the fastest growing blogging communities in the world with an estimated 100 million (100,000,000) unique visitors per month as of May 2006. This is partly due to it being integrated with MSN Messenger. [5]
  • In July 2005 a new competition site was launched called the MSN Space Race. Photos of UFOs and aliens had to be taken in order to win the prizes. There was also a hidden UFO somewhere to be located. If someone located this they would win a trip to the NASA Space Center. [6]

To suggest a relevant news story for the Main Page, refer to the criteria then add your suggestion at the candidates page. ... UFO can mean: Unidentified flying object United Future Organization, a Japanese-Brazilian electronic jazz band UFO, the rock band that previously featured Michael Schenker UFO, the Gerry Anderson TV series United Farmers of Ontario, a political party that formed the government in Ontario from 1919 to 1923 U.F.O... In popular fiction and conspiracy theories, life forms, especially intelligent life forms, that are of extraterrestrial origin, i. ... Merritt Island and Kennedy Space Center (shown in white). ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
MSN Spaces - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (810 words)
MSN Spaces is integrated with all versions of MSN Messenger from version 7 onwards.
Finally, the MSN Spaces logo is very similar to the trademarked logo of popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, which has been in use since the distribution was first released in October 2004: a stylised aerial view of three people of different colours holding hands in a circle, at the same angle.
MSN Spaces is one of the fastest growing blogging communities in the world with an estimated 100 million (100,000,000) unique visitors per month as of May 2006.
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: MSN Spaces Review (3522 words)
MSN Spaces is a free blogging service that debuted in beta form in December 2004.
MSN Spaces is now available, though you must establish a Passport account (such as when you create a Hotmail email address) to access the service.
MSN Spaces is free, and there are currently no paid or subscription versions of the service available.
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