But let me continue before you start judging and deciding on your comments now… please read on…
But what of other media outlets that I may admire, even truly love for their mission and what they do, but know in the back of my mind that somewhere, someone is making a profit. For instance, MSN spaces and Reviews does not provide you with a place to blog out of the goodness of their heart. IT seems that the minute you sign up for a space, your information is used - read: they can sell that information and kids, list brokering is a very big business as you likely know because who you are, which demographic you fall in is a very sellable commodity to many corporations who wish to pitch their goods to you.
To test the software, I set up a space on MSN Spaces, and of course, you all know undoubtedly that there are a number of problems with this so-called “blogging” software. For one, it is not what I would call standard blogging software by any means. It seems more like an advertising site and and a point of purchase location on the Web that uses your content to sell than anything else, but more, a week or so ago, or maybe it is coincidence (?) I received forty-one messages from a service called Match.com that I see advertisements and markers located all over MSN spaces and remembered that MSN spaces had even asked if I was Single or Married or Taken.
I selected Married, of course, but would have selected, “Absolutely No Way In Hell” if there had been that option, yet regardless, I received 14 messages from someone named “Rock Star” who “liked my pictures” (I tested the uploading function with a few vague shots) and thought I looked like “a really nice person.” Another guy asked I would be interested in “getting to know him” this time, through a mutual exchange of photographs and instant messages.
Both, it would appear, had come through Match.com (why I would be on Match.com is beyond me and maybe I’m not, but the messages came through there and when I signed into Messenger a little pop-up window would appear saying “Rock Star wants to meet you” seem to be coming from them and another company called “Lava Life” (I don’t know them, but the name would indicate some match making type of deal again… am I wrong?) A “meeting service” shall we say? Is this what blogging has come to? A seedy and smoky and hokey and ticky-tacky singles Web site where you put up your “interests” and your “hobbies” and your “musings” and your “favorite songs” and “faves” and “links” to all of your little friends so that we get some “sense of who you fucking are” because shit, if you know this about me, then by golly, you must really really know who I am. What nonsense.