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Microsoft expands its social networking capabilities

As the online social networking scene continues to explode, Microsoft has seen fit to give its MSN Spaces online community a makeover. The company is ditching the MSN nomenclature and is now adding Windows Live Spaces to its ever-growing "Windows Live" brand. Other services in the family include Windows Live Messenger, Live Anywhere and Windows Live Mail.

This is no small feat for Microsoft as the MSN Spaces represented the largest online blogging community on the Net with over 100 million unique visitors each month. In order to keep up with the changing times, Microsoft is expanding social networking opportunities with Windows Live Spaces. A new set of tools is also available to users including enhanced privacy tools and hundreds of gadgets that can be used to personalize your own Live Space.

“With the release of products such as Windows Live Spaces, we continue to deliver on our mission of bringing customers closer to the information and people that matter to them most. Windows Live and Internet-based ad-funded software and service are critical to driving growth for the company, and we are energized about the continued investments we’re making to help provide consumers with a seamless and safer online experience,” said Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of the Online Services Group at Microsoft.

While Microsoft still has no immediate chance of coming close to touching MySpace in the social networking scene, it does have a powerful well thought out platform at the disposal of users who choose to use the service.


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MySpace Horrors
By Dhaval00 on 8/2/2006 12:25:48 PM , Rating: 3
My company just decided not to hire a girl 'coz of her "excessive" adventures on MySpace. Avoid such "social" sites if you want a professional life, guys.
Stick to AT and DT :).




RE: MySpace Horrors
By thecoolnessrune on 8/2/2006 12:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
I personally never understood social networking sites in the first place. My life is fairly boring out here in the sticks and I dont paticulary have any interest in hearing how someone else's day went. But hey, thats just me. Can't be completely right considering there's millions of people using the services. More power to competition in that case.


RE: MySpace Horrors
By rushfan2006 on 8/2/2006 2:53:25 PM , Rating: 2
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I personally never understood social networking sites in the first place.


Yep, couldn't agree with you more. That's my feeling with these "social networking" sites too. I find them useless wastes of time at best and just plain stupid at worse.

I personally believe one of three conditions are met for folks who really get into these sites....

1. You are very young -- like under 18.

2. You are one insanely bored individual.

3. You are one insanely naive individual.

As for the folks that say "well I use it only to share things with my real life friends who live far away".....I still find that quirky, but that's at least a decent validation for using the site.

Oh well -- whatever floats your boat I guess.



RE: MySpace Horrors
By CorrND on 8/2/2006 12:52:18 PM , Rating: 2
I've heard of this kind of stuff too. Seems pretty stupid. The person they didn't hire could have been the best worker they ever had at your company. Instead of judging someone on performance, they judge them by what they do with their free time. Outside activities have very little to do work performance. Hell, my friend is practically an alcoholic and he's the best and most productive programmer at his company.


RE: MySpace Horrors
By Dhaval00 on 8/2/2006 2:39:57 PM , Rating: 2
The point is not about being stupid or smart. A multi-million dollar corporation does not want individuals who expose themselves as being drunkards, dope-dealers, etc. on "social" sites like MySpace. Sure, in a way it seems wonderful to hire someone who is a kick-ass developer as well as a genius MySpace junkie. But think about the professional outcomes - 2 years down the road, a lawyer may run a search for the same individual only to hold the company financially liable for that individual's MySpace "adventures."

It didn't make sense to me, too, when I graduated 3 months ago. But when my HR-Manager sat down and explained it to me, it became crystal-clear.


RE: MySpace Horrors
By rushfan2006 on 8/2/2006 3:01:20 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I've heard of this kind of stuff too. Seems pretty stupid. The person they didn't hire could have been the best worker they ever had at your company. Instead of judging someone on performance, they judge them by what they do with their free time. Outside activities have very little to do work performance. Hell, my friend is practically an alcoholic and he's the best and most productive programmer at his company.


Well first off if your find is practically an alcoholic, and still performs well at his job -- you must have a strange definition of alcoholic or your friend is at least smart enough to drink only when he just gets off work each night and then he cuts it out early enough to sleep it off....flaming alcoholics -- they drink all day, too bad I know about this from folks in my life. And I promise you this -- you drink that much there is no way in hell you are performing well at work.

Now to the point at hand...your activities outside of work certainly can (and rightfully should) be a concern for your employer if its risque behavior -- or something that is widely looked down upon by society like being a drunk or drug abuser. Even if by a mircale (and I flat out don't believe you that your friend is all that much an lush if you say he is still one of the best in the company at what he does...that's BS..but anyway) they can perform well -- they may (and should) still be fired. Business isn't a game. Image is extremely important, only more so if your line work has to do with meeting clients face to face regularly.

To think image or how you are perceived from what you do with your personal time isn't valid for your employer to be concerned about is quite naive.



RE: MySpace Horrors
By stephenbrooks on 8/2/2006 2:46:04 PM , Rating: 2
--[Avoid such "social" sites if you want a professional life, guys. Stick to AT and DT :).]--

Hmm I think the content of these comments threads would be quite dangerous to some people if they were applying for a job at Intel or AMD!


RE: MySpace Horrors
By epsilonparadox on 8/3/2006 12:05:13 PM , Rating: 2
or Sony.


RE: MySpace Horrors
By WelshBloke on 8/2/2006 7:15:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
My company just decided not to hire a girl 'coz of her "excessive" adventures on MySpace. Avoid such "social" sites if you want a professional life, guys.


Link to Myspace site ;)


RE: MySpace Horrors
By dsax22 on 8/2/2006 10:34:37 PM , Rating: 2
You know, there are social networking sites out there (such as www.linkedin.com) that are built for professionals. They are meant for CEO's and other executives to keep track of each other and communicate easily. In fact, I heard about this site at a business seminar about networking; the speaker praised this site for its ease of use and usefulness. He did emphacize, though, that it is only a tool for networking, and should not be used as a primary means to build relationships. That is how I view Facebook and Myspace and all that....they are just other tools to aid in communication and keeping track of realtionships, but should not replace the relationship itself. When used correctly, they can be a very powerful thing, both in the social realm and the business world.


RE: MySpace Horrors
By ronster on 8/3/2006 3:05:50 AM , Rating: 2
I know a few managers in the UK who also check sites like Friends Reunited for prospective new recruits. Hence I virtually have no directly traceable presence on the internet.

Personal blogs remind me of diarys people used to keep as teenagers. Everyone has one for a bit, few people keep it up and 95% of those that do are duller than dishwater anyway.


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