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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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RE: MySpace Horrors
By WelshBloke on 8/2/2006 7:15:32 PM , Rating: 2
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 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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