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04/30/2009 04:32 PM ID: 78491 Permalink   

Facebook, MySpace and now Microsoft Vine?

 

Microsoft, an investor in Facebook, is to begin testing their own version of the wildly successful social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace.

Called Microsoft Vine, the company plans to charge subscription fees in an attempt to make sites such as these viable for profit.

To compensate for the fees, Microsoft will allow public officials to interact with the general public. City officials from Seattle are already willing to participate. Microsoft also said they would offer a free version of the service.

 
  Source: money.cnn.com  
    WebReporter: NicPre Show Calling Card      
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TONS more at the source, wanted to keep the SN version short and sweet. Most of us know about these social networking sites, but for those who are interested in Vine further, please visit the source. It actually looks like it could be awesome.

-np-
 
  by: NicPre     04/30/2009 04:34 PM     
  it'll be interesting if they have a 'call desk'  
 
.. where we can ask for information like:
"where can i get a list of all your donors" ?
 
  by: redstain   04/30/2009 05:08 PM     
  @redstain  
   
  by: Ben_Reilly     04/30/2009 05:21 PM     
  I fail to see  
 
how ppl would pay for something that they can already get for free.

I'll have to see the final product, cuz just talking to officials is not a good enough feature to pay.

A company tried to do this in my college, they had students made them a website that was a copy of YouTube, just a little bit prettier, and then they tried to charge ppl like 100$ for having an account and uploading videos...FAIL
 
  by: jhax   04/30/2009 07:17 PM     
  Vine is anything but FB or Twitter  
 
I keep reading how Vine is supposed to be Microsoft's answer to Facebook and Twitter and I ask myself if any of the people saying this have actually READ anything about what Vine is. Sounds like it may take advantage of some aspects of social networking but it's more about preparing for emergency incidents by staying in touch with family and friends or other support networks. I'm more interested to know details and have signed up for the beta trial which is supposed to come out some time this month. I'm expecting anything BUT Facebook or Twitter. For better information about what it really is, check out these links:

http://news.cnet.com/...

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/...

http://vine.net
 
  by: Il Moro   04/30/2009 07:53 PM     
  I am suspicious of anything Microsoft does  
 
Its all about the money with this company. Especially if they can buy something someone else has already been successful with.

Stay in touch with friends/family, under any circumstances. Have they never heard of the cell phone? Smoke signals? Semaphore? Morse code? Beating on drums? US Mail?

I listed these items according to their speed, starting with the fastest first.
 
  by: White Albino   05/01/2009 11:10 AM     
  So...  
 
You want me to pay for a service when I could use FB or any other number of sites to do so for free, even if it is safety-oriented?

I mean, if there's a disaster of any sort and the phone lines are out, so I can't call any of them, how would I get my message to them in the first place?

I checked out Microsoft's page with that pathetic video and all I could understand from the service is that some guy wants to play in powder whilst it rains alot and that his sister gives good pie....

This just doesn't seem quite worthwhile.
 
  by: chiffington   05/01/2009 02:27 PM     
  Weird !  
 
Yea all I got from the 3 videos on the website was getting in-touch with your family in-case of emergency's and then knowing that no matter what happens there will always be great tasting pie waiting for you !

Sign me UP ! I'll do anything for pie !
 
  by: zeke   05/01/2009 07:51 PM     
  What kind of pie is it?  
 
Why not cake, delicious, fluffy, moist, sweet cake?

BB
 
  by: bbeljefe     05/01/2009 09:24 PM     
  When Microsoft starts dealing coke  
 
Then they'll acquire a lot of new customers. I wonder if they're already doing that?
 
  by: White Albino   05/01/2009 11:17 PM     
  I Disagree.  
 
I think semaphore is way faster than smoke signals.
 
  by: djskagnetti     05/02/2009 01:44 AM     
  @Pie  
 
Is it cherry pie? I favor cherry pie.

Microsoft ist lolcat
 
  by: Big Bird     05/02/2009 05:53 AM     
  I find Microsoft out of touch with us.  
 
Microsoft Office 2007 and their unalterable interface. And here recently I tried sending a hotmail message with pictures to my nokia 1680 phone with tmobile just like I did with the old nokia 2610 w/ tmobile.

Guess what. I had to reset my phone because it was freezing it and making it unusuable.

Solution . . . I sent the same email using Google. No problem what so ever.

I just don't think Microsoft has it in them to make it worth my wild beyond using Wxp.
 
  by: LykosSN4   05/02/2009 08:09 AM     
  the folks at Microsoft  
 
are always a few steps too late. And when they try and be new and edgy they repeatedly fail.

Anyone use Windows Live! At all? Or that fancy Silverlight alternative to flash? Or that Microsoft maps service that never quite became useful. Vista of course...

They're lucky they got into consoles when they did.
 
  by: sceptre_of_fertility   05/02/2009 12:19 PM     
  I was just about to scrub my wife's laptop drive  
 
Just to get rid of Silverlight. That royal piece of crap will not cleanly uninstall. Took a bit of manual registry editing to kiss it goodbye forever.
I wouldn't piss on Microsoft if that company was on fire.
 
  by: White Albino   05/09/2009 02:53 AM     
 
 
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