That’s a major blow against the viral spread of services like YouTube,
RockYou and countless emerging others. I’ve been talking to a lot of
widget vendors lately, and “it works in MySpace” is a now a primary
selling point. Companies are investing large amounts of money in
widgetizing content from one site onto another and MySpace is huge.
This move, in the name of security, will likely do serious damage to
the cottage industry of flash widgets in MySpace. In as much as users
love their widgets, that means this will do serious damage to MySpace
I am not sure about the potential damage to MySpace. Baris is right in that MySpace should not care about the widget companies. However, MySpace must care about the user experience. To the extent that MySpace can allow its users to express themselves on its platform to a degree that satisfies them, there should be no problems, and MySpace should continue its growth. However, it’s getting more and more obvious that open source development models are more productive than closed systems.
The question ends up being, "just how demanding are MySpace users?" Now that MySpace is mainstream, I think the expectations of its user base is declining. The mainstream has tolerated mediocrity in traditional media for a long time.
Even though I am a big fan of open systems, I think I am with Baris on this.