Edited to add: This update is added one year later, and sure enough Windows Live Spaces closed. I hate being right. X
I have had a feeling for the last several months that my beloved community of Windows Live Spaces will soon be a thing of the past.
I have been a member of Spaces since 2005 when it was MSN Spaces. I have loved the Spaces community, but I do not think my community has long to live for the following reasons:
When Windows Live started a year ago, the available themes did not match any of Spaces available themes. Spaces has looked and been treated like a separate entity from the rest of Windows Live from the onset.
“Spaces” has been taken off most headers, and can only be found under “other”.
The banner ads were taken off of Spaces a year ago when Wave 3 came out. Spaces is not a money maker for Live.
Windows Live administration blogs have been gradually moved out of “Spaces” into another location. For example, the blog “Inside Windows Live” is actually hosted outside of Windows Live. How funny is that….
Windows Live Clubhouse now accepts other types of blogs, besides Spaces.
Windows Live Writer works with other blogs as well as Spaces. Writer is used to post to the Windows Live Clubhouse where Windows Live products are promoted.
Windows Live administration has repeatedly ignored our Abuse Reports. Long after Code of Conduct violations are reported, accounts remain open and are free to post spam comments in our Spaces blog comments.
This last reason, the fact that garbage has been allowed to take over our community, is the biggest reason that I think that Windows Live has no future plans for Spaces.
For these reasons, and more that I can’t remember right now, I do not think that Windows Live Spaces has long to live….
What do you think?
My related posts from the past year:
- “Windows Live Spam Central Reporting Service” is open for business!
- I wish to thank the academy…. (Update on Windows Live Spam situation at end of page)
- Please be aware of the Code of Conduct and report violations as you see them. Let’s keep Windows Live Town clean!
- A very short question for Windows Live Administration. Edited to add: Thank you Windows Live Admin for adding “Spam” to the list of “Report Abuse” offences.
- Dear Windows Live: Here is the latest failed result of my trying to report an account that does absolutely nothing but post spam. Can’t you do something about this?
- I wish to report an inconsistency within the Windows Live Code of Conduct.
- Windows Live, please add “Spamming” to the “Report Abuse” pull-down options for Spaces.
- Windows Live: Please crack down on Spaces set up to sell Viagra and send spam.
- There is a problem in in Windows Live.com: People are setting up Spaces as businesses, and then posting spam in our comments.
- Windows Live: What is official policy on setting up a space for business and spamming in comments. Detailed question with copy of abuse report and response.