One of the things I have found most interesting about watching MSN Spaces over the past few months is seeing various communities beginning to form and watching regular people use their space to communicate that their thoughts and experiences with others. As with all communities there are the negative elements, various trolls who go around criticizing people's posts or who go around impersonating others in various comments.

Another interesting trend I've seen in a couple of spaces is a some resentment from adults that there are so many teenagers using MSN Spaces. The most significant manifestation of this being the Space titled Are you looking for adults and their spaces? where one enterprising MSN Spaces user has begun cataloguing various spaces whose authors are 18 and over.

Among the spaces listed on that page are a couple of my favorites. A few of the hundreds of spaces I've found interesting since the beta launch are below

What I like most about these Spaces is that their content is [mostly] not what you find in the Technorati Top 100 list which is dominated by men talking about technology and politics or women talking about sex. The above spaces just have regular people sharing the interesting and the mundane in their lives which sometimes do involve technology, politics and sex.

Perhaps it's the rise of reality TV that's made me find such spaces so very interesting. Of course, if you want technical content you can always check out the spaces of John Kountz or Scott Issacs.


 

Sunday, April 3, 2005 2:51:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Too bad you have to pick so many left wing anti-Bush blogs. There are so many other blogs on spaces worth reading if you do not want to be bombarded by the typical Seattle Whining left brigade.
Big B
Sunday, April 3, 2005 5:12:55 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I did supportability research and analysis work for the Windows Digital Media team last year and am continuing some of this work in my MSN Spaces blog between contracts - check it out...

http://spaces.msn.com/members/policani
Sunday, April 3, 2005 9:03:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
When I read blogs, I (at least from time to time) want to comment on them.

This sentence annoys me every time I come across a Spaces blog by accident:

>You must sign in using a Microsoft .NET Passport to publish a
>comment to this website.

Probabky the reason why (if i see this correctly) none of the many feeds I read is from a MSN Spaces blog.
Monday, April 4, 2005 2:53:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Thanks for mentioning me on your blog and including me on your list of worthwhile blogs to read on MSN Spaces. You're right about the resentment of and hostility towards the younger crowd's blogs. I actually have found several that are very thought provoking and have given me optimism and a respect for the younger generation as a result of it. Like anything else you just have to weed through and find the ones that appeal to you. Once again, thanks and hope to see you comment on some of the things I've written!
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 10:28:20 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Thanks for including me in your list. Also surprised you're complaining about too many sites featuring women talking about sex - I thought that's what most blokes were looking for? Anyway, confused but happy.
Monday, April 11, 2005 9:48:37 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Top of the list!

Cheers ;)

Quantum Sheep
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