MS finally realizes that blogging is cool

Microsoft today introduced “MSN Spaces” as an additional MSN service. The marketing copy reads:

With MSN Spaces, you can easily create and manage your blog from your computer or your mobile phone. It’s a great way to share information and photos with your friends and family. And best of all, it’s free!

# Create blog entries and publish your thoughts for the world to see.
# See what visitors to your space say about your blog.
# Search other people’s blogs to find the information you want.
# Upload photos from your mobile phone to your blog.
# Create and manage your space from a mobile phone.

All well and good, I suppose. Lord knows the internet needs more blogs (oh, the irony).

Remember to read the Terms of Use, Code of Conduct, and Privacy Policy carefully, tho…

MSN collects personal information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. MSN may also collect demographic information, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites. Information collected by MSN may be combined with information obtained from other Microsoft services and other companies.

You will not use the MSN Web Sites in any way that is unlawful, or harms Microsoft, its affiliates, resellers, distributors, service providers and/or suppliers (each, a “Microsoft Party” and collectively, the “Microsoft Parties”) or any customer of a Microsoft Party, as determined in Microsoft’s sole discretion.

For materials you post or otherwise provide to Microsoft related to the MSN Web Sites (a “Submission”), you 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. Microsoft will not pay you for your Submission.

Microsoft may monitor your e-mail, or other electronic communications and may disclose such information in the event it has a good faith reason to believe it is necessary for purposes of ensuring your compliance with this Agreement, and protecting the rights, property, and interests of the Microsoft Parties or any customer of a Microsoft Party.

Etcetera, etcetera.

Having read all this now, I think I’ll stop using MSN for IM as well. As for my “blog” *ahem*, I think I’ll stick with this happy little GPL’d package hosted on a personal (albeit shared) server. Oh Microsoft, you’re so adorable.

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