Maryam’s blog gets upgraded

I always hated going to my wife’s blog, Maryamie, cause MSN Spaces just felt ugly and old. Today I visit and, wow, it has a much nicer design. Feels more like a blog.

It makes me wish that the Spaces team had done a much better job at BlogHer last weekend. Why didn’t they just say “check us out next Wednesday?”

Oh, I visit TechMeme (still my favorite news site, have you noticed it’s getting better lately?) and see that lots of people are talking about it.

Comments

  1. Wow, that’s a heck of an improvement.

    I set up a test MSN Spaces blog a year ago but never really liked the old design – too messy.

    This encourages me to return and try it again. Scoble might not be salaried by MS any more, but he certainly ought to be on commission! :-)

  2. Wow, that’s a heck of an improvement.

    I set up a test MSN Spaces blog a year ago but never really liked the old design – too messy.

    This encourages me to return and try it again. Scoble might not be salaried by MS any more, but he certainly ought to be on commission! :-)

  3. Wow, that’s a heck of an improvement.

    I set up a test MSN Spaces blog a year ago but never really liked the old design – too messy.

    This encourages me to return and try it again. Scoble might not be salaried by MS any more, but he certainly ought to be on commission! :-)

  4. I read a number of msn spaces and I can no longer log in or leave comments in the regular way. There are buttons there for subscribing to the RSS feed but they don’t work. Eh, to me, this is just another example of MSN stumbling as a brand – no heads up to users, just a big surprise one day.

  5. I read a number of msn spaces and I can no longer log in or leave comments in the regular way. There are buttons there for subscribing to the RSS feed but they don’t work. Eh, to me, this is just another example of MSN stumbling as a brand – no heads up to users, just a big surprise one day.

  6. I read a number of msn spaces and I can no longer log in or leave comments in the regular way. There are buttons there for subscribing to the RSS feed but they don’t work. Eh, to me, this is just another example of MSN stumbling as a brand – no heads up to users, just a big surprise one day.

  7. Christian: the RSS feed works fine here. Not sure what you mean by “crying wolf?”

    Deanna: I still hate how MSN Spaces requires signing into Passport (or whatever the Live service is called now) before you can comment. I just left a comment on my wife’s blog, though, and it seems to work OK. Still not as nice as WordPress, though.

  8. Christian: the RSS feed works fine here. Not sure what you mean by “crying wolf?”

    Deanna: I still hate how MSN Spaces requires signing into Passport (or whatever the Live service is called now) before you can comment. I just left a comment on my wife’s blog, though, and it seems to work OK. Still not as nice as WordPress, though.

  9. Christian: the RSS feed works fine here. Not sure what you mean by “crying wolf?”

    Deanna: I still hate how MSN Spaces requires signing into Passport (or whatever the Live service is called now) before you can comment. I just left a comment on my wife’s blog, though, and it seems to work OK. Still not as nice as WordPress, though.

  10. Robert, agree the blog interface is better. I find the Live Spaces home page to be a bit cheesey, what with the stock photos of fake people. Hard to take it seriously, but, hey, thats MS branding for ya

  11. Robert, agree the blog interface is better. I find the Live Spaces home page to be a bit cheesey, what with the stock photos of fake people. Hard to take it seriously, but, hey, thats MS branding for ya

  12. Robert, agree the blog interface is better. I find the Live Spaces home page to be a bit cheesey, what with the stock photos of fake people. Hard to take it seriously, but, hey, thats MS branding for ya

  13. Oh, and I agree that anonymous comments would be great. But you know, only the hardcore bloggers ask for it. Messenger users don’t seem to care that much because all of their friends are signed in already.

    The tricky thing is limiting the spam surface area with 120 million users/month. But it’s something we’re working on.

  14. Oh, and I agree that anonymous comments would be great. But you know, only the hardcore bloggers ask for it. Messenger users don’t seem to care that much because all of their friends are signed in already.

    The tricky thing is limiting the spam surface area with 120 million users/month. But it’s something we’re working on.

  15. Being one of those poor people who use 800×600 for health reasons (on this setup) I’m a bit frustrated that the text width is /just/ wider than my screen.
    :-(

    I doesn’t prevent me from reading (only the last half-word is cut off if I place my horizontal scrollbar carefully). However, long lines are a pain to read anyway (I never quite seem to be able to find the right line beginning when I reach the end of a line).

    Long live max-width: 42em!

  16. Being one of those poor people who use 800×600 for health reasons (on this setup) I’m a bit frustrated that the text width is /just/ wider than my screen.
    :-(

    I doesn’t prevent me from reading (only the last half-word is cut off if I place my horizontal scrollbar carefully). However, long lines are a pain to read anyway (I never quite seem to be able to find the right line beginning when I reach the end of a line).

    Long live max-width: 42em!

  17. I’m not sure what’s going on, but now, when I try to go to Maryam’s blog, it locks up Firefox (1.5.0.5 on Mac). Didn’t do that before, and does it consistently now.

    Not a huge deal, as I read via the feed anyway, but I wanted to go check out the Live Spaces changes, and hers is the first blog I thought of. :-)

  18. I’m not sure what’s going on, but now, when I try to go to Maryam’s blog, it locks up Firefox (1.5.0.5 on Mac). Didn’t do that before, and does it consistently now.

    Not a huge deal, as I read via the feed anyway, but I wanted to go check out the Live Spaces changes, and hers is the first blog I thought of. :-)

  19. Yeah, the ‘improved’ new design gives me a message box error in Firefox (Windows) – something about a framework being missing. And Maryam’s picture flickers like hell.

    And don’t bother clicking on a comment link – I get a juddering flickering page that I can’t scroll and is missing most of the content.

    And after 5 minutes, FF still thinks both pages I have open on the blog are loading. And it’s slowing down my typing at the moment.

    But apart from that, great job by the Live Spaces team :)

  20. Yeah, the ‘improved’ new design gives me a message box error in Firefox (Windows) – something about a framework being missing. And Maryam’s picture flickers like hell.

    And don’t bother clicking on a comment link – I get a juddering flickering page that I can’t scroll and is missing most of the content.

    And after 5 minutes, FF still thinks both pages I have open on the blog are loading. And it’s slowing down my typing at the moment.

    But apart from that, great job by the Live Spaces team :)

  21. I still am not a fan of those type of blog sites, they seem more of the “MySpace” flavor, and I like the techie feel of WordPress. It is built for geeks, where as the “MySpace” flavored sites have a feel about them that I just don’t like. Plus many are buggy. The reason I real don’t like those type of site is the large number of newbie bloggers, and the bloggers who only talk about random jabber. Not always interesting stuff. Not your wife’s site though, she seems very experienced at this stuff. Get her to transfer over here, if not have her keep up the good work.

    Cheers,

    gamehawk

  22. I still am not a fan of those type of blog sites, they seem more of the “MySpace” flavor, and I like the techie feel of WordPress. It is built for geeks, where as the “MySpace” flavored sites have a feel about them that I just don’t like. Plus many are buggy. The reason I real don’t like those type of site is the large number of newbie bloggers, and the bloggers who only talk about random jabber. Not always interesting stuff. Not your wife’s site though, she seems very experienced at this stuff. Get her to transfer over here, if not have her keep up the good work.

    Cheers,

    gamehawk

  23. Hi Robert, I am having the same problem as Josh B. I can’t post a comment on Maryamie’s page, while using Firefox either. (I really wanted to, since she said some kind words about me- thanks, Maryam!) Do you have to upgrade your MSN account to access it, or am I just lame?

  24. Hi Robert, I am having the same problem as Josh B. I can’t post a comment on Maryamie’s page, while using Firefox either. (I really wanted to, since she said some kind words about me- thanks, Maryam!) Do you have to upgrade your MSN account to access it, or am I just lame?

  25. Hi Robert, I am having the same problem as Josh B. I can’t post a comment on Maryamie’s page, while using Firefox either. (I really wanted to, since she said some kind words about me- thanks, Maryam!) Do you have to upgrade your MSN account to access it, or am I just lame?

  26. Robert,
    I’m afraid I’m gonna have to disagree with you about liking the new spaces. In fact, I was so upset about it, I blogged my letter to Bill Gates today about it. Everything is very broken right now. They should have never gone live with it yet. No pun intended.

  27. Robert,
    I’m afraid I’m gonna have to disagree with you about liking the new spaces. In fact, I was so upset about it, I blogged my letter to Bill Gates today about it. Everything is very broken right now. They should have never gone live with it yet. No pun intended.

  28. Robert,
    I’m afraid I’m gonna have to disagree with you about liking the new spaces. In fact, I was so upset about it, I blogged my letter to Bill Gates today about it. Everything is very broken right now. They should have never gone live with it yet. No pun intended.

  29. Live is locking up my Firefox CONSISTENTLY.

    Ok, so it’s a tad better design than the old, but it’s still not even at a barely passing grade. And why do people want an annnmnonying flashing banner ad and search bar taking up 25% of the frontpage real estate?

    And it’s buggy as heck, and still with the Passport glitchy problems, honestly. But I am not the target audience, hyperactive short-attention-span teen-agers on MSN IM are. Only thing that could save them is to MySpace sex it all up, which won’t happen given the corporateish Microsoft.

    Just more of the eternally subsidized MSN massive hemorrhaging…

    Good blog tho, if going on content, rare that find any of those in the Spaces arena.

  30. Live is locking up my Firefox CONSISTENTLY.

    Ok, so it’s a tad better design than the old, but it’s still not even at a barely passing grade. And why do people want an annnmnonying flashing banner ad and search bar taking up 25% of the frontpage real estate?

    And it’s buggy as heck, and still with the Passport glitchy problems, honestly. But I am not the target audience, hyperactive short-attention-span teen-agers on MSN IM are. Only thing that could save them is to MySpace sex it all up, which won’t happen given the corporateish Microsoft.

    Just more of the eternally subsidized MSN massive hemorrhaging…

    Good blog tho, if going on content, rare that find any of those in the Spaces arena.

  31. Live is locking up my Firefox CONSISTENTLY.

    Ok, so it’s a tad better design than the old, but it’s still not even at a barely passing grade. And why do people want an annnmnonying flashing banner ad and search bar taking up 25% of the frontpage real estate?

    And it’s buggy as heck, and still with the Passport glitchy problems, honestly. But I am not the target audience, hyperactive short-attention-span teen-agers on MSN IM are. Only thing that could save them is to MySpace sex it all up, which won’t happen given the corporateish Microsoft.

    Just more of the eternally subsidized MSN massive hemorrhaging…

    Good blog tho, if going on content, rare that find any of those in the Spaces arena.