MSN Spaces: A Space to call your own


If you’re looking for a place to start a blog, check out MSN Spaces.  It was just announced yesterday and is now in beta form.

Spaces is a free service that allows you to upload photo ablums and blog postings, either by using a web interface, or by sending e-mail — even from a mobile device.

It took me a while to figure out how to use Outlook to add a blog entry.  The trick is to think of it as sending mail from a mobile device.  Under Settings, go to Mobile Settings and turn on Mobile Publishing.  You’ll be given an e-mail address to which you can send messages that MSN Spaces turns into blog entries.  Very cool.

I posted some more links about MSN Spaces at my own MSN Space.  For now, though, I’m going to keep blogging here.

Comments (8)

  1. Jeff says:

    …wow….it’s incredibly…..sllloooowwwww….must be a bunch of people trying out.

  2. Rob Burke says:

    Exactly… and I guess that’s why it’s still in beta 😉

  3. Jeff says:

    Had any luck sending pictures? I assumed that all I needed to do was setup the mobile stuff, but so far pictures don’t seem to show up anywhere. I was able to get text through.

    Even if I do get it to work it’s unfortunate that you can only specify a single mobile e-mail address because my provider (Verizon) uses different e-mail addresses for text and pictures x@vtext.com and x@vzwpix.com. So I guess once I get it working I have to choose if I want to be able to submit text or pictures via phone, but not both.

  4. J.A.P. says:

    Is it just me, or does Microsoft lately seem to always be coming to the party late and poorly dressed? This MSN Space(d) idea is poorly conceived and only half-heartedly implimented.

    With its late entry into blogging, web-based search engines and its apparent abandonment of Internet Explorer, it sees that Microsoft feels, like Alexander, that there are no more worlds to conquer and has just given up any real innovation.

    While it will always have some techno-serfs, I can’t see its empire lasting if it doesn’t continue to expand with real innovation instead of this second-rate "me-too" development.

  5. Fred says:

    Take this comment as a trackback. There are some of my thoughts about this new and really interesting MSN service:

    http://radio.weblogs.com/0140770/stories/2004/12/02/msnSpacesAnotherStarInMsnsSpace.html

  6. Glyn says:

    Anyone managed to get Mobile blogging working? I’ve set it up using the email address that shows when i send and MMS (or picture message). Even just using text there doesn’t seem to be anyway of getting it working. My phone is sending emails from MMS fine cz i can send them to my hotmail, and uni email addresses and they show up. I’m using UK Orange’s network. for both text and pics my mobile address is 4479…….@orangemms.net

    which i’ve used in the settings.

  7. ash says:

    Why posting by email does not work.EMAILS sent using outlok express goes fine but not using a PHP script.what’s the reason?