February 15, 2007
@ 03:36 AM

The MSN SoapBox team has a blog post entitled Soapbox Now in Public Beta which states

We just flipped the switch from an Invitation Only, to a Public Beta.
No need to request an invitation and sign in to watch videos on Soapbox anymore!

Cool. I guess it's now OK to start petitioning the developers of Bloglines and Google Reader to show embedded MSN Soapbox videos like in my those in my post Ads: Vista vs. Mac OS X.

I'm still not sure how I feel about MSN SoapBox. Besides the obvious branding questions, I question the wisdom of building a YouTube clone as opposed to building an experience more like MySpace Video which would leverage our existing brand and investments in offerings like MSN Windows Live Spaces. Whatever, I guess.

The site is still a rather snazzy use of Flash and there are a couple of things in the interface I think existing sites like Google Video and YouTube could learn from. Check it out at http://soapbox.msn.com.


Thursday, February 15, 2007 2:40:34 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Consider us petitioned.

Mihai Parparita
Google Reader Engineer
Sunday, February 25, 2007 4:57:28 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
MSN Soapbox support went live earlier this week.

Mihai Parparita
Google Reader Engineer
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