The fall of Windows Live Spaces from the point of view of an expatriate

I joined MSN Spaces, later Windows Live Spaces, in 2005. My Windows Live Space was my little slice of the web. I had it all set up the way I wanted.

For a couple of years it was very nice. I learned a lot about customizing my space and enjoyed helping others do the same. I spent so much time telling others how to do it that eventually I earned the honor of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

Then the garbage started showing up. Many Spaces set as mail order stores for Viagra and drugs started showing up everywhere. Then, my beloved Windows Live Spaces was overrun by spam comments. It was an epidemic of garbage in Windows Live Spaces Town

I organized a one-woman crusade called “Windows Live Spaces Spam Central Reporting Service” I reported each user, and kept track of whether their accounts were closed.  It did not take long to realize that spam in our spaces was not a priority with the powers that be.

Eventually, we got the announcement that Spaces was closing and our spaces would be transferred to

I am now happily a resident of a community that keeps the garbage out. When my Space was transferred over to, the automatic spam-catcher called Akismet caught thousands of spam comments.

Keeping Town clean is a priority to the powers that be, while sadly it was not a priority for the powers that be to keep Windows Live Spaces Town Clean.

Bye bye Windows Live Spaces. It was nice while it lasted.

Edited to add: I came across a post from two years ago this month. I was ranting about how the link to Spaces was missing from the new Windows Live menu. Spaces was being treated like “The Professor and Mary Ann” on “Gilligan’s Island”. Check it out: 

 … and the rest, here on Gilligan’s Island.


My new “Windows Live Space“:


Filed under Computers and Internet, Spaces stuff, Windows Live

3 responses to “The fall of Windows Live Spaces from the point of view of an expatriate

  1. Hi X, welcome to WordPress. It was a losing battle over at Spaces and as soon as they got rid of the unifying launch spot that held the community together is quickly dissolved into just a few good sites isolated via a sea of dead spaces and spam.

    How are you finding WordPress? I have moved most of my content over but have run into some issues with my Amazon and listings of things. Its been a change but I do like the blogging options a bit more, just wish the page mods were easier to work with. Glad to see you back and blogging, take care!

    • Hi Johhny, I really enjoy WordPress. The features are great, much better than Spaces overall. But, I do miss the “Lists” feature in Spaces. I copied most of my lists into text widgets with html, but I don’t like it as much as the Spaces lists. Thanks for writing! X

  2. JH

    Personally, I am going to miss live spaces. I have been blogging on live spaces since 2006 (or maybe even earlier than that, I’m not sure since entering WP most of my older blogs were gone). Live spaces have been a daily experiance in blogging for me. I migrated to wordpress, only because I was not left with any other choice, to save my blog.After I learn how to use wordpress, I may grow to like it. But, if given a choice, I would have stayed with live spaces.

    I just realized i’m the only few people that detested the move. *sigh* Thanks for sharing your thoughts X. 🙂

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