Oh boy, look out…the MySpace kiddies are starting to get restless. Apparently the Powers That Be are gradually limiting members’ ability to put non-MySpace widgets on their profiles. Gasp! This means if you want to stream the latest chapter of your angsty video diary or share that weepy song you sang to your ex-girlfriend while drunkenly plucking a guitar, you may have to use MySpace’s own tools rather than those of another provider (even if they’re vastly superior).
And oh, the Spacies aren’t liking it at all. One high-profile member with millions of “Friends” actually said, “The reason why I am so bummed out about MySpace now is because recently they have been cutting down our freedom and taking away our rights slowly.” Um, the service is free. You don’t get to bitch about freedom and rights on a free service, honey…you’re captive to the company’s Terms of Service. I’d love the “freedom” to have an ad-free website for no charge, but it ain’t gonna happen. That’s why years ago I bought my own webspace (thank you Lunarpages) and put whatever I want on it. It’s $7.95/month and it’s worth every penny — gobs of space and bandwidth, tons of free utilities, excellent support, and nobody tells me “Hey, you can’t say/show/play that!” If the iron fist of Rupert Murdoch is weighing heavily on your creative freedom, it’s time to get serious and ditch the MySpace fad.