MySpace Blocking Photobucket?

    January 19, 2007

GigaOM – MySpace Blocking Widgets? Om Malik is out with a post about MySpace blocking widgets and blogs a screen shot from Photobucket which reads:

“MySpace is preventing users from embedding new slideshows and videos. We have verified that nothing is wrong on our side. Please contact MySpace directly (their emphasis) with your questions and concerns. — The Photobucket Team.

Apparently this was a short lived “outage” and Om speculates that this might have been a test and a bit of saber rattling on the part of Fox Interactive Media.

I’ve got a MySpace account that I never use. I just can’t get into it, but there is no denying the popularity of the site. Putting a wall around their garden and charging tolls though would royally suck. It would be a step backwards for all of us and I hope that this is not where MySpace is headed.

Personally I’m surprised that Fox Interactive Media hasn’t just gone and bought Photobucket already. They do some unbelievably high percentage of their photo hosting on MySpace and it would just seem to make logical sense.



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Thomas Hawk is a San Francisco based photographer and technology writer.
He publishes the web site Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection and is also
the Evangelist and CEO of the photo sharing site Zooomr.