The fall of Windows Live Spaces from the point of view of an expatriate

I joined MSN Spaces, later Windows Live Spaces, in 2005. My Windows Live Space was my little slice of the web. I had it all set up the way I wanted.

For a couple of years it was very nice. I learned a lot about customizing my space and enjoyed helping others do the same. I spent so much time telling others how to do it that eventually I earned the honor of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

Then the garbage started showing up. Many Spaces set as mail order stores for Viagra and drugs started showing up everywhere. Then, my beloved Windows Live Spaces was overrun by spam comments. It was an epidemic of garbage in Windows Live Spaces Town

I organized a one-woman crusade called “Windows Live Spaces Spam Central Reporting Service” I reported each user, and kept track of whether their accounts were closed.  It did not take long to realize that spam in our spaces was not a priority with the powers that be.

Eventually, we got the announcement that Spaces was closing and our spaces would be transferred to

I am now happily a resident of a community that keeps the garbage out. When my Space was transferred over to, the automatic spam-catcher called Akismet caught thousands of spam comments.

Keeping Town clean is a priority to the powers that be, while sadly it was not a priority for the powers that be to keep Windows Live Spaces Town Clean.

Bye bye Windows Live Spaces. It was nice while it lasted.


My new “Windows Live Space":



Filed under Computers and Internet, Life in General, Spaces stuff, Windows Live

2 responses to “The fall of Windows Live Spaces from the point of view of an expatriate

  1. I too love Akismet, sounds like a genii and acts like on too!!
    I was so upset when WLS informed one an’ all that they’d be transferred (should they so wish) to WordPress, and now I couldn’t be happier.. (other than winning the Lottery of course!!)
    I’ve settled in and am happily ‘messin about’ finding this an’ that to occupy my time… Keeps me out of mischief too!! xPenx,
    (aka LadyP)

  2. Hi LadyP! Thanks for visiting my blog! It is nice to see you again! X

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