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MSN Spaces Adds Windows Live Expo Content

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MSN Spaces has added a Windows Live Expo module, so people can list their Expo items on their Space.

You can post your free listing on Expo and then have it displayed automatically, with a photo and an excerpt, to visitors to your blog.

The Spaces team has been busy lately. Their biggest addition was the RSS feed module last month. It allows you to create a sidebar module containing content from any RSS feed, letting you include Flickr photos, sports scores, your other blogs, del.icio.us links, Netflix rentals, and your Amazon wishlist.

Meanwhile, Expo is running an interesting contest. If you attend one of four colleges (University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Washington, Ohio State University, University of Texas) then “International Collector Edward G. Ramos III” is looking to buy items from you. Ramos III is looking for “obscure” yet valueless items, for which he’ll pay top dollar (in other words, if you list something stupid, you might win a prize).

He’s looking for:

  • 40 piggy banks at $20 apiece
  • 20 Smiley Faced maracas at $30 apiece
  • 20 hardhats for $30 apiece
  • 10 stuffed huskies or stuffed Bucky Badgers at $100 apiece
  • 10 “Death to Smoochy” DVDs for $100 apiece
  • 2 Atari Donkey Kong game cartridges for $500 each
  • 2 Ice Cube or Death Cab For Cutie concert tickets for $500 each
  • A Homer Simpson Chia Pet for $1000
  • An Easy-Bake Oven for $1000

What a cool idea! My only regret is that it is limited to college students, and specific college students, which means I can’t get the Donkey Kong bounty (I’ve held onto that game long enough, and $500 is plenty!). Edward G. Ramos III has his own MSN Space, even.

Expo seems to be taking off. There are over 3000 listings in the New York area, and they aren’t promoting and aren’t really accepting many New York people, so that’s significant. I hope more people try it out, since Windows Live has taken a unique and smart approach to the online community marketplace.

If you haven’t given it a shot, check it out.

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