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MySpace Changes Links in Comments

Update (2007.04.25): Here is the “official” announcement by Tom when you log into your MySpace profile.

Latest Update: Apr 25, 2007 12:00pm, PST

Hey everybody, we just launched another program to stop dirty spammers from hasseling you. When you input a link in myspace it may be converted to a redirect link. You’ll start seeing them around the site. They look like this: msplinks.com/adf9sd9f. These links are legit and we are creating them. They are not viruses or whatever else your conspiracy theorist friends told you. They still point to their original url, but let us easily turn off links to spam, phishing, or virus sites. booyah!

News and speculations has been circling on the new changes to links within comments on MySpace. It appears that MySpace recently rolled out a change in which links in comments are posted as an encoded link from http://www.msplinks.com/. So, if you post a link to http://stickiwidgets.com in a comment, it will show up as something like http://www.msplinks.com/somerandomcodehere. As with the typical MySpace changes, this only applies to new comments and old comments are intact.

This change has many implications as other have suggested and pointed out. MySpace will have much more control over comment links now. They will be able to filter, redirect, approve, deny and track outgoing links. This may not necessarily be a bad thing, but it all depends on what they do with this power. Based on history though, it doesn’t look good. MySpace has blocked external links from Flash widgets and blocked some domains entirely .

One effect is that links in MySpace comments will no longer provide any link backs and SEO benefits. This can be good in cutting down on comment spammers, whether intentional or not. However, we’re not entirely convinced that MySpace is doing this purely to protect its users from comment spam.

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  1. April 15th, 2008 at 08:38 | #1

    If you absolutely have to use outgoing links via Flash in MySpace, I devised a pretty clean workaround. My MySpace page features a customized Flash news system which enables users to read my current news via XML. At the bottom of each article, there is a button that when clicked provides an external link regarding the corresponding article. You’re probably wondering how the hell I was able to achieve this on MySpace, but it’s rather simple! Once the button is clicked, the link is automatically copied to the Windows Clipboard and then all the user has to do is paste the link in their browser window! Since they would most likely be unfamilar with this type of procedure, it would probably be in your best interest to place a tooltip over the button onRollOver instructing them to click the button and then paste the new link in their browser window. To see my working example, please visit: http://www.myspace.com/jamiemichels

  2. April 15th, 2008 at 10:29 | #2

    Nice workaround…

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