Jamie Thomson

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SkyDrive is integrated into the Spaces experience then?

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Earlier today one of my Messenger buddies, Jack, uploaded a photo to his SkyDrive which I commented on. He immediately IM’d me and here’s the conversation that ensued:

Jack says:
I’ve just seen your comment on my skydrive picture
Jack says:
how did you know that i’d uploaded it?

Jamie   says:
cos it appears on my spaces newsfeed
Jack says:
ooo how do i get one of those
Jamie   says:
Jack says:
Jamie   says:
same as FB really. ‘cept less useful cos no-one is on Spaces 
Jack says:
i’ve not really properly got into windows live
Jamie   says:
you and many others.
Jack says:
skydrive is integrated into the spaces experience then

?Jamie   says:
Jack says:


Sounds as though Jack had a lightbulb moment. He didn’t know how well all of these services are built to work together – the fact that him uploading a file to his Skydrive caused a message in my Spaces newsfeed was news to him, in fact just knowing that the Spaces newsfeed actually exists was news to him as well.

Jack’s a very smart tech-savvy guy who likes to get his hands dirty with web-based “stuff” so the fact that he as a SkyDrive user didn’t know about this was very interesting to me. If people like Jack don’t know that these things then how is the average joe on the street meant to know about it? That’s a big challenge (and a big opportunity) for Windows Live – they need to get the network effect that worked for Jack to work for many many other people too.


Windows Live Tags: clubhouse, story, Spaces, Live Spaces, Skydrive


Written by Jamiet

August 3, 2008 at 5:55 pm

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  1. It’s so very hard to reach people about this.  I think Microsoft still suffers from an "uncool" image too.  Whenever I’m asked to join a social network like MySpace I will look at it but usually politely decline.  My social network already exists through Messenger, and every other Live service seems to augment that social network.  The potential benefits are amazing, but no one seems to realize the power of the already built-in network.   BTW, did you see this news story?  Now that really illustrates the social network of Live Messenger.


    August 3, 2008 at 6:12 pm

  2. This was whirling around my brain housing group all weekend.  Listing to this Leo LePortis or whatever his name is, the self proclaimed tech guy on XM Radio, not to mention the Graveline show….. everything is google this google that.  There is no brand notification and Google is easier to say that Live Search….  This platform has grown very useful but no one seems to know about it beyond a small circle.


    August 3, 2008 at 7:54 pm

  3. Gotta love that URL… home.services.spaces.live.com


    August 3, 2008 at 7:55 pm

  4. It does seem kinda weird that SkyDrive and Spaces are parallel services. It might be easier for a Spaces user to notice and use SkyDrive, than a SkyDrive user to ever even notice much about Spaces.
    It would be really nice if they could just pull in (and drastically update) MSN Video, MSN Groups, Web Messenger, Dating, Classifieds and some other old MSN properties into parallel services on Live Spaces. Where anything new your friends upload, add, or interact with on any service will appear on the NewsFeed.
    Kind of like how MySpace offers a bunch of services on their site, but better in the end. Then eventually, Live Spaces will become more used (if the update it with new features more often), and it might become the next big thing.


    August 3, 2008 at 10:22 pm

  5. It’s amazing how a lot of people don’t know about some of the cool services and features available on Windows Live or Live Search. Like I was using Live Maps the other day, and my friend popped by, and was wondering if this was a new Google Maps or something. I laughed and told her this Live Search Maps. We just toyed around it for a bit, and she was pretty impressed with what she saw. It had some feature Google Maps didn’t have.
    I’m guess Jack probably didn’t notice, because he just knows that SkyDrive is a cloud storage service, and that’s all he needed. He probably didn’t care about Live Spaces. Though maybe he could have at least glance around at what it offered at least.


    August 4, 2008 at 2:23 am

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