MSN Blogs Against it’s Customers

    August 9, 2005

Honestly, I couldn’t give a crap about MSN. Anyone who blogs there, or reads them, doesn’t know the whole story.

But now, with MSN Filter, the convicted monopolist, is creating their own nanopublishing venture — competing against it’s customers. That’s OK in monopoly land. Where profit is a function of property, and eminent domain falsely considered a right. Microsoft Watch:

MSN Filter appears to be a cross between a traditional Web log, where writers have full editorial control, and a wiki model, embracing user contributions.

Adam Sheppard, lead product manager for MSN Filter, said MSN’s model ” is essentially Nanopublishing as originally championed by Nick Denton at Gawker Media and Weblogs Inc. Both are great blog networks with their own audiences that they’ll continue to be successful with.”

Push-ah. And this is supposedly a wiki model because it embraces user contributions. The article continues:

The paid bloggers are area-experts, notable bloggers and journalists. In the initial stages of MSN Filter, we expect them to share their expertise, thoughts and content…” Adam Sohn, director of MSN public relations added.

Yeah, the wiki model is paid experts blogging anonymously. You even have to log in with Passport to comment, and everything is Microsoft copyright. Sure, wiki is a buzzword, but give us some respect.

How fucked up is the branding of a blog service provider calls their blog micropub a filter and then claims the wiki model when paying people to produce property? Seriously.

[via Loic]

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