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Microsoft Launches Social Network

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the bill-is-your-buddy dept.

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prostoalex writes "Inspired by the fast growth of social networks such as Facebook and MySpace, Microsoft is launching a test version of its own social network. Wallop brands itself as 'the exclusive social experience,' and is technically a separate company, a startup that's based on technologies developed by Microsoft Research. As far as revenues, Wallop 'plans to sell graphics and other features people can use to decorate their personal profile pages,' says MSNBC."

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A slice of M$, a la mode (4, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16200923)

Wallop brands itself as 'the exclusive social experience', and is technically a separate company, a startup that's based on technologies developed by Microsoft Research. As far as revenues, Wallop 'plans to sell graphics and other features people can use to decorate their personal profile pages'

Exclusive? I suppose the old invite a friend to join thing is the barrier to keeping seedier people (like most slashdotters and OSS & Linux evangelists) out.

'Sell graphics and other features ...' Hey, I've got an idea. Why not just build your own website and run a blog on it. Sounds cheaper and more exclusive.

'technologies developed by Microsoft Research' Does this mean there will be an endless parade of vulnerabilities and patches? That's what I associate with their technologies, based upon a very well established track record. I see it features Flash on the home page. What happened to Microsoft's alternative to that?

Late to yet another dance, Microsoft attempts once again to show they brought the best date. Not a bad looker, but just don't ask about the white streaks in her hair and the bolt in her neck...

in soviet russia invite wallops YOU!

Re:A slice of M$, a la mode (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16200959)

This is retarded. How many people are really going to pay for things that they can do for free on other sites that are well established.

Re:A slice of M$, a la mode (2, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201043)

This is retarded. How many people are really going to pay for things that they can do for free on other sites that are well established.

You dummy! Can't you see it's exclusive! That's one of the world's best moustraps. Say something is exclusive and people will fall all over themselves (some more casually than others) to get at it.

Of course, this strategy only works a few times in brighter people. But I'm sure there's enough people in the world who would fall for the 'exclusive' bit to keep Wallop in the black.

Re:A slice of M$, a la mode (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201587)

No one can come to my Amusement Park. No one you hear me? It's all mine! I have hired guards to keep anyone from coming into the park. Especially you Stan and Kyle. I hate you guys. So much.

Re:A slice of M$, a la mode (5, Funny)

Pollardito (781263) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201761)

after a thorough review of myspace i have determined that the people there don't really want attractive graphics, so i agree that this business model is not very sound

Re:A slice of M$, a la mode (1)

Darkman, Walkin Dude (707389) | more than 7 years ago | (#16200967)

Sell graphics and other features ...' Hey, I've got an idea. Why not just build your own website and run a blog on it. Sounds cheaper and more exclusive.

Yeah, I can see this becoming a hotbed of hotlinking in an awful hurry...

Re:A slice of M$, a la mode (2, Informative)

generic-man (33649) | more than 7 years ago | (#16200991)

"The old invite a friend to join thing" is exactly what Google did with Orkut, what Friendster did, and what every other site does if they don't want millions of spambots creating accounts. (And if spambots DO create accounts, you have handy chains that you can use to ban them en masse.)

Secondly, there's already a cottage industry of layouts, graphics, etc., for sale on MySpace. Microsoft wants to tap into it firsthand, is all.

Re:A slice of M$, a la mode (2, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201081)

they don't want millions of spambots creating accounts. (And if spambots DO create accounts, you have handy chains that you can use to ban them en masse.)

Still, you can guess there are people sitting in rooms, willing to defeat this scheme so they can include their pharma ads, pump & dumps and other schlock.

Front page is pointless (4, Interesting)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201599)

OK so I click on the link and what do I see... no useful content whatsoever, just some marketspeak about an 'exclusive social experience'. Why would I bother spending five minutes to sign up? Wikipedia shows how to do it right: the front page is interesting reading, regularly updated, full of featured articles and 'did you know' to draw people into the site.

Re:Front page is pointless (2, Informative)

Andrewkov (140579) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201879)

It's "exclusive" in the sense that all your friends are over on MySpace.

Re:A slice of M$, a la mode (3, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201729)

late to another dance is even worse. Second life launched their Teen second life and it is growing like crazy. The fact that kids can "buy" land and build their own "crib" is growing faster than even facebook or myspace is. My daughter was in on the first day it started and she mentioned that not only is land prices soaring but the number of new people is drastic every day. The fact you can "broadcast" you music in your area to friends is really cool and the 3d aspect makes it feel a bit more high tech.

Re:A slice of M$, a la mode (2, Insightful)

nine-times (778537) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201873)

Exclusive? I suppose the old invite a friend to join thing is the barrier to keeping seedier people (like most slashdotters and OSS & Linux evangelists) out.

It's probably just an attempt at reverse psychology. Tell people they can't get in because it's exclusive, and people will want in. It worked for Gmail, but I don't think it'll work here.

Re:A slice of M$, a la mode (1)

pete6677 (681676) | more than 7 years ago | (#16202075)

Stockholders want to hear current buzzwords. Apparently "revenue stream" is not one of them, but "social networking" is. This explains why every idiot with some spare cash that wants to create a Web 2.0 business decides they're going to make it big on "social networking" without really understanding what its about or why it would succeed.

http://us.cyworld.com/ (1)

addbo (165128) | more than 7 years ago | (#16202519)

The original Korean Cyworld is a huge success... and they charge for every little thing. I think it's a similar idea and it's proven that it can work in certain markets.

Selling graphics... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#16200939)

Nothing for you to see here. Please move along.

Microsoft should have this monopoly nailed down shut.

Re:Selling graphics... (2, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201157)

Nothing for you to see here. Please move along.

Don't you see? It's exclusive and you are on the outside.

You want to be on the inside, don't you? Lotsa fun in there. Bet it's better than whatever's going on behind the green door. Wow! Too bad you don't have an invite! Gosh, what you're missing out on.

Something interesting to see... (1)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201973)

I like how -It doesn't fit onscreen unless maximized. -It whisks you off to "wallopcorp.com". That'll go over great. -You're supposed to email them and tell them why you should be invited, but they forgot to tell you any of their criteria for who gets invited. I think I'll say "you should invite me because I weight 130 pounds"

Ouch! (4, Funny)

atrader42 (687933) | more than 7 years ago | (#16200969)

I can't exactly picture joining a service entitled "Wallop", no matter how many friends I have on there...it sounds pretty painful!
"Hey Joe! I just walloped you!"
"Ow! Screw you!"

Re:Ouch! (1)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201049)

I can't imagine joining either (no matter how many people Wallop me). Not only because it sounds terrible, but because I'll never consider it "cool" to be associated with a mega-corporation who seem to have a pathalogical hatred for open source software and because all these sites seem to be bad ideas.

I don't get why anyone would care what music I like listening to or how pretty I can make my background.

Re:Ouch! (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201239)

I can't exactly picture joining a service entitled "Wallop", no matter how many friends I have on there...it sounds pretty painful!

Someone probably mumbled 'Wallet', which with the sale of extras could still wallop you painfully.

aigh! my credit card bill! i've been walloped!

I remember when many were willing, back in the day, to pay up to $12 an hour to be on Compuserve & GEnie, nattering away using their crude message boards. Perhapds some think that market still exists.

Personnaly I expect it to be paid for by lots of annoying ads, which is why I shun these communities anyway.

Re:Ouch! (1)

LindseyJ (983603) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201463)

And yet that sounds exactly like the sort of thing some marketing shmuks would shit out. "Hey Joe! I just walloped you!" "Ow! Screw you!" "Hahaha, no silly! It's Wallop! The new Intertube social network from Microsoft!" [Campy, contrived conversation follows]

Re:Ouch! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16202275)

This must have been the same marketing geniuses that came up with the name "Zune" -- which is a hebrew term for the act of anal sex... I beleive their marketing slogan will be "You've just been Zuned!"

Microsoft uses IRC? (2, Interesting)

dascandy (869781) | more than 7 years ago | (#16200973)

I'm guessing they got the name from the messages passed out by mIRC... Let's just hope they have more directed traffic on their site.

Re:Microsoft uses IRC? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201381)

I'm guessing they got the name from the messages passed out by mIRC... Let's just hope they have more directed traffic on their site.

Somehow I doubt this, as a wallop is just a standard English word.

Re:Microsoft uses IRC? (1)

DHalcyon (804389) | more than 7 years ago | (#16202531)

One, you call IRC mIRC ONE MORE TIME, you die painfully.

Two, there's actually an IRC command called "WALLOPS" that sends a message to all people who have the +w usermode set, but I doubt that's where they got the name from.

$ocial network (5, Funny)

Dargoth_Rejuv (1002142) | more than 7 years ago | (#16200975)

What a useless idea. Lets take someone else's good idea, and make people pay all sorts of fees to make it look worth a damn! Sounds like an excellent idea to me, where do I sign up?

Re:$ocial network (1)

archen (447353) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201371)

Not to be jumping on the MS bashing bandwagon here, but what in the hell is this company doing? MS is having enough problems developing software that they have a market stranglehold on - and now often slipping. MS trying to be all hip and trendy is like my grandma doing gangsta rap. The Zune thing is just ill concived and will fail. Same with their online music store for that matter. I am truley at a loss why MS is trying to be Apple all of a sudden. Is the billions of dallars they've made by concentrating on traditional software just too good of a business plan for them?

Re:$ocial network (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201437)

So Wallup equals New Coke?

Re:$ocial network (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201607)

What a useless idea. Lets take someone else's good idea, and make people pay all sorts of fees to make it look worth a damn! Sounds like an excellent idea to me, where do I sign up?

Hmmm .... as far as I can tell, Microsoft has made a business model out of selling (initially lousy) implementations other people's ideas for profit.

Sadly, they might continue with this one. Especially when they start including it in the default bookmarks of a shipping IE or something. It's good to have a near monopoly when you're introducing new things.

Re:$ocial network (1)

LaurieDash (983898) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201759)

This is what microsoft love to do. They love to enter a market late with an immitation of what's already on the market in question. Remember when they pushed the "new" MSN search so much cos they were fed up of people googling? And now they're doing the same thing with the Zune and whatever the hell its music store is called. At least Zune is a slightly catchy name (if not a slight hybrid of iTunes and Zen)whereas "wallop"?? What the hell were they thinking?!?! Oh and i almost forgot Soapbox, that Youtube clone they're pushing. I really don't understand this company.

Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201003)

the AOL users of innovation.


Like someone suggests here [msdn.com], they really should just buy metoo.com, put everything under the one domain and be done with it.

A Better Name... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201007)

...might be wall-hack.

Microsoft does not own this... (5, Informative)

xENoLocO (773565) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201023)

This is a private venture that used to be owned by Microsoft. Microsoft doesn't fund, did not develop, and has nothing to do with this site anymore.

Re:Microsoft does not own this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201145)

Hahaha, I have some flying cars in which you might be interested...

Re:Microsoft does not own this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201267)

This is a private venture that used to be owned by Microsoft. Microsoft doesn't fund, did not develop, and has nothing to do with this site anymore.
... and yet it still sucks! As much as we wish it were true, Microsoft don't have the monopoly on sucking.

It's still a stupid name. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201619)

Wallop, eccch.

Re:Microsoft does not own this... (2, Funny)

Westech (710854) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201757)

In that case it sounds like a well thought out and beautifully executed idea! Where do I sign up?

Re:Microsoft does not own this... (1)

MM1970 (845562) | more than 7 years ago | (#16202037)

What you say was mentioned in each article about this site - apart from /. Editors, what are you smoking?

NEW! KidneyPunch.com (1)

shoolz (752000) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201027)

KidneyPunch.com is a social network of non-linear extrapolation that combines functionality, information and collective knowledge in new and meaningful ways, all facilitated by technology.

Re:NEW! KidneyPunch.com (1)

Apocalypse111 (597674) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201069)

And if you want to develop a meaningful relationship with someone special, please visit our sister-site, KickedInTheBeanBag.com

Re:NEW! KidneyPunch.com (1)

shoolz (752000) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201147)

...and Christian singles can find that special someone who shares their values by visiting www.SlatheredInMayonaise.biz

An appropriate name (4, Insightful)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201031)

Consider the following:

1. to beat soundly; thrash.
2. Informal. to strike with a vigorous blow; belt; sock: After two strikes, he walloped the ball out of the park.
3. Informal. to defeat thoroughly, as in a game.

Considering the success, or lack thereof, of other attempts by Microsoft to enter already established markets, their name will be exactly what will happen to them.

Granted, I'm sure the reason for the name was to imply that the service will beat Facebook and MySpace but really, the marketing folks should have used history as a guide before settling on the name.

Re:An appropriate name (1)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201645)

Considering the success, or lack thereof, of other attempts by Microsoft to enter already established markets, their name will be exactly what will happen to them.

I'm not so sure. They might just scrape up the less-than-tech-savvy market, the people who own computers, use the Web in a cursory fashion, would like some of these features, and recognize Microsoft's branding. I doubt they'll make inroads in the already established market unless they come up with something unique, which is not one of their strong points.

Re:An appropriate name (1)

Rich0 (548339) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201655)

Ok, how can a slashdot definition be complete without the obvious:

4. Command used to send a message to all available operators. (As in Write ALL OPeratorS).

Ok, so they don't know how to spell and dropped the s...

Armageddon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201039)

That's the end of Slashdot, folks!
Let's all move to MSN-whatever and that's it!

MS Driven Technology... but NOT ASPX (2, Funny)

EssTiDee (784920) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201045)

If anyone has browsed the site a bit (or can still, if it's not already /.'ed for now) -- I especially liked how the developer network page wants you to use Flash programming for sellable mods (as opposed to .NET applications) and the site itself is written using PHP (as opposed to .ASP / .ASPX)... Just my observations...

But why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201191)

Apparently, the host at http://designer.wallop.com/ [wallop.com] varies the content based on more than just request headers.


Vary: *


There has to be a reason that PHP won out over Microsofts "not invented here" culture. Are they doing GeoIP lookups or something?

Microsoft Meets Micropayments! (1)

Alaren (682568) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201079)

Brilliant new idea: micropayments [penny-arcade.com]! It can't possibly fail!

Seriously, though, ringtones, horse barding, web decor... in real life we call this "nickel and diming" people to death. But with technology it's a brilliant new business model? Sounds to me like there's not enough competition out there inspiring others to win customers by adding value rather than sitting around subtracting value in new and creative ways in order to hold something back for later sale.

Undercoating, rustproofing [seinology.com]... oh, did you want a legible font on your personal page? Yeah that's going to cost you extra...

Re:Microsoft Meets Micropayments! (1)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201789)

What we call "nickel and diming people to death" IS a business model - thats how the phrase got started in the first place. Think anything you purchase that has add-ons. It's just now expanded to the technical arena - nothing new.

In a Microsoft social networking site... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201091)

Clippy pops up and says...
"It looks like you are need some friends. Would you like some help with that?"

Possible Slogan? (1)

delire (809063) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201151)

Wallop - The fast way to a real spanking.

What a stupid name. Then again, these days "Absurdly stupid" == "'Edgy'. Exhibits a penchant for the uncanny or unusual. A Likely source of pleasant surprises."

Re:Possible Slogan? (1)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201563)

Well, they had a hard time coming up with a decent brand; rejected names include 'FUBAR', 'Xyzzy', and '0wn3d'. They rejected 'h@x0R3d' out of hand for some reason.

mod Down (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201203)

Be in a scene and all parties it's all parties it's hot on the heels of bombsheel hit BSD machines

Kick Murdoch's ass! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201233)

Myspace is owned by News Corp. which also runs Fox news. I prefer Microsoft over News Corp. any day of the week. Microsoft makes money for itself, but at least it doesn't try to create a fascist state. And this company isn't even connected to Microsoft anymore.

Myspace is creepy. It's like Big Brother himself is running the biggest social networking site. And the security problems make Microsoft look good by comparision.

Uh Oh (1)

spellraiser (764337) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201249)

I just found a copy of the EULA they're going to use on this Wallop thing:

We are the Borg. Lower your shields. Your biological and technological distinctivness will be added to our own. Resistance if futile!

Is it just me, or does this sound a little ... ominous?

*Sigh* (1)

growse (928427) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201257)

When, WHEN will Microsoft stop being late to the party?

When being early makes them more money (2, Insightful)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201609)

How to score at a college party? Come late. Girls are drunk and horny. Guys are to drunk to take advantage.

MS has been using lateness as a business model for a long time and it has worked for them. Let someone else soften up the marketplace. Let the competitior burn themselves out. Come late and you can throw the big pile of cash around to get what you want. If the model is working, why change it?

This was to be expected (1)

kailash badu (981792) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201265)

This was to be expected. Microsoft has the history of eating up every successful company that comes its way. It either buys it out, or simply annihilates by creating a rival.

I always believed... (2, Funny)

Ruvim (889012) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201277)

I remember it perfectly: an e-mail that I recieved several years ago about Gates giving out large sum of money to anybody who joins that chainletter... It's becoming true! Yes!

I want one for blogging about my gaming console (1)

Mr.Scamp (974300) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201327)

That way I could wollop my wii with all my friends. If I had any that is.

Microsoft starts a religion (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201343)

Seeing the near religious ferver Firefox fans and Linux fans show, Microsoft has decided to start a new religion. Experts predict it will have hard time converting people because most of its targets already are worshipping money.

Dear M$: you missed the bandwagon! (4, Interesting)

v3xt0r (799856) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201345)

Well, I'm sorry to tell you MS, but MySpace KILLED-IT. You can try to follow in it's foot-steps, but good luck with that.

The fact of the matter is...

A) The name 'myspace' has a lot to do with it's popularity. 'Wallop' is a word that 68% of those myspace users have never heard of, so the chances of it catching-on, or them being able to spell it even, is very slim.

B) The whole myspace phenom is long over. The majority of people who use myspace STILL, are not likely to switch to yet another social networking site. They've been to Friendster, tribez, etc. MySpace works for them.

C) The majority of people who have moved-on from myspace MAY be interested in some less-shady alternative, but I suspect that they are 'over it' with the whole social networking fetish.

Why don't they use that R&D dept. to actually innovate something for once. I mean... seriously, what a waste!

Re:Dear M$: you missed the bandwagon! (0, Troll)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201453)

Come on MSFT has lawyers like the Great Barrier Reef has coral polyps. It will sue My Space, for patent infringement. It is going to claim that "My Computer", "My Pictures" "My Music" "My Worms" "My Torjans" "My Spam" have all been patented and copyrighted by MSFT along with "My Space".

MicroSoft has a great R&D department (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201613)

I many interact with MS R&D in the graphics section. They gave 25% of the papers at this years SIGGRAPH where the paper acceptance rate is one in ten. They have luminaries like Blinn and Bell.

Very little of that brain-power is commercialized. The problem I hear is a rivalry between the eggheads and people who write shipping code.

Money? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201399)

I guess you can put a price on friendship afterall....sweeeeet!

Just Playing Catch-up (1)

Tankko (911999) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201405)

This is MS's latest attempt to play catch-up. When will they come out with something new and be a leader.

Social networks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201411)

Ok, I'm not trolling here. Don't mod me up (but maybe do so to the replies). What is the point of these sites such as Facebook and MySpace for the users? I've looked at myspace and it appears to only be profile pages. Slashdot, and other sites, have profile pages but they aren't the main content of the site. MySpace doesn't seem to have any main content, only profile pages. So I'm wondering what's the point of making an account there. I contrast this with sites like Last.fm and Delicious where they also are made up of profile pages but the profile pages have a specific content focus (music and bookmarks).

Someone clue me in because I'm not getting it. Is it just a case of "everyone else is doing it so I'll do it to" ?

Re:Social networks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201675)

Erm, so where do you get your cyb0r contacts from?

MSN-Emo Clippy (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201421)

It looks like you're trying to take a picture of yourself in the mirror. Would you like help with:
  • Dying your hair black
  • Applying mascara
  • Looking sorrowful
  • Scratching your wrists with a blunt knife

mxod up (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16201433)

obsessives and the To deliver 3hat, Backward and said mistake of electing

For an invitation (1)

Van Cutter Romney (973766) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201443)

For an invitation to wallop you have to write to them saying why you should get invited. I've had such a hard time writing a Statement of Purpose to my university. Arrrgh ...

Anyways, Microsoft's just going to get Walloped. Anybody who's an anybody is on MySpace/Facebook/Orkut.

wow , with all the bashing has anybody used it? (1)

majortom1981 (949402) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201451)

With all the bashing has anybody actually used the service? I did I didnt find it that bad. I actually found it better then myspace. But what do I know since I am not jumping on the lets bash microsoft for no reason bandwagon.

Re:wow , with all the bashing has anybody used it? (1)

Saige (53303) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201969)

Well, it's hard for most of us here to have used it since it's invite only. If you're willing to pass some invites around for people to try the service, I think you'll get a number of people willing to check it out.

exclusive? hardly social. (1)

dodongo (412749) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201523)

"the exclusive social experience"


The whole point of social networking, be it on the internet or otherwise, is to be inclusive, not exclusive. If you're being exclusive, you're not networking. Either they missed the boat, or it was an incredibly poor choice of words.

That doesn't matter, though, becuase in either event, I can excoriate Microsoft and garner more karma.

Re:exclusive? hardly social. (1)

Khuffie (818093) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201639)

Or sound like an idiot because this is a privately held company and isn't owned by Microsoft?

Re:exclusive? hardly social. (1)

dodongo (412749) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201817)

Well, true, there's also that possibility...

MS does have an equity stake, I guess. *shrug*

My thoughts exactly (1)

lullabud (679893) | more than 7 years ago | (#16202101)

The first hit in the Google define [google.com] result for "exclusive" is not divided or shared with others. Not shared with others huh? That is humorous from many angles...

msn spaces, OS (1)

hey (83763) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201693)

Isn't there already an MSN Spaces? I thought that was MSFT's copy of MySpace. But then I didn't look into it very much (at all).

Those of you who say it will fail don't know that Wallop will be integrated into the OS.
Just like Passport and Hotmail were.

Yet another site to avoid (1)

LordKazan (558383) | more than 7 years ago | (#16201909)

great another one of these idiot-magnet "social networking sites" that are all the crazy among the unwashed newbitry for me to receive spam to and links from my non-technical friends. Yet another stupid site filled with 13-year-old camwhores and 14-year-old-pimps for me to avoid.

Windows Live Space anyone ? (1)

BlackIcejane (1004346) | more than 7 years ago | (#16202047)

Doesn't M$ already have a "myspace" type site called "Windows Live Space" http://spaces.live.com/ [live.com] ?

What do they need two for ? Im not sure how this is a new step for them other than having it under a company who name doesnot contain M$ or windows or hotmail !

Not another one!!! (1)

WaveRider (882619) | more than 7 years ago | (#16202149)

How much time do people actually have to have profiles in these networks! Think the market is saturated!!! MS would much rather have bought one of the more established ones!

Bashing MS? Get off the high -horse..... (1, Insightful)

joeytmann (664434) | more than 7 years ago | (#16202223)

Ok yeah MS has a lot of difficulty staying on track with software development, and what have you. But with out MS, would there be a computer in most peoples homes? Would a large number of us have jobs being the tech-geeks we are? And how many of you have never run a MS OS on their computer or their parents? I bet not a lot can say that. I say, show MS a little respect, with out them the PC wouldn't be anywhere near where its at today.

Obviously trying to not show-off it's MS (1)

chroot_james (833654) | more than 7 years ago | (#16202233)

Hence all the php and flash. They're trying to give people things they already know and are familiar with.

roffle (2, Funny)

SuperStretch (1005515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16202235)

This is going to be the "Zune" of the social network world. Once again MSFT, a few years too lame.. oops i mean late.
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