It looks like that cesspool called MySpace finally decided to try and block Photobucket. If you don’t recall, they tried it with YouTube last year — that lasted a whole two hours. Anyway, it apparently started around 10:30 last night and is still in effect right now.
Now, we all know that MySpace users aren’t exactly the brightest or most internet-saavy bunch (how else can they manage to start at a web design that’s screaming “I G0T ST0l3Z FROM T3H 1996z!!111eleventyone!11″?). However, Photobucket last night posted an announcement on their blog saying they were blocked (link). Here’s what the good ol’ PB (I dislike it as much as I do MySpace…) had to say about the issue:
We are not happy about this and we’re pretty sure you’re not happy either. We appreciate that you have invested hundreds of thousands of hours using the editing, remixing and management tools and features available only on Photobucket. In particular, you’ve all been really embracing videos at Photobucket — to the tune of 50,000 video uploads a day, which is great. Rest assured that your content is being kept safe in your Photubucket album even though it may disappear from your MySpace pages.
Not happy? That’s the best you can do? As if the colloquialism of an “official” blog post isn’t enough, the comments are even more stupid. Take this gem of an opinion from Photobucket user “SHALONDA“:
IF U LIMIT PHTO PEOPLE WILL LEAVE MY SPACE AND GO TO OTHER SITES THAT DO NOT HAVE RECTRICTONS
Now, once you dig through the utter lack of intelligence, it appears as if Shalonda may have a point. However, upon further consideration, I’ve changed my mind. Frankly, alternatives like Facebook don’t allow little whining 12 year olds to create accounts (and they’re deleted on sight). For another insight, we will turn to another Photobucket user, “Darla Renee“. Her comment:
That is so NOT right!! I will be letting all my friends KNOW about this!!!
She seems to have learned a bit about grammar, which is a massive step over our previous example. However, I would like Darla to please explain to me: how is it not right? A website administrator can do anything they want. Deal with it. Besides, their terms of service even allow it:
MySpace.com may delete any Content that in the sole judgment of MySpace.com violates this Agreement or which may be offensive, illegal or violate the rights, harm, or threaten the safety of any person. MySpace.com assumes no responsibility for monitoring the MySpace Services for inappropriate Content or conduct. If at any time MySpace.com chooses, in its sole discretion, to monitor the MySpace Services, MySpace.com nonetheless assumes no responsibility for the Content, no obligation to modify or remove any inappropriate Content, and no responsibility for the conduct of the User submitting any such Content.
In addition to that: what can your friends do, anyway?
Seeing as I’m having so much fun doing this, I think we’ll give another two examples. Take this comment:
to myspace i had so much fun playing with photo bucket! i enjoyed making my own slide show video i thought it was so beautiful i wanted to share it to my friends. why would you not want us to send pictures to are friends. when we upload why dont you have the tags so we can get the code and paste it on are own pages? or bulltins. why cant you have a remix video that lets us edit and add music to it? why is it such a big deal were still using myspace ur stilling getting ur dam money. there are other sites out there that we can use codes to send it to are friends or post bulletins. this is a matter of jealously why can you have these oppotions for us? why cant you make myspace better. instead of begin a snob?
OH MY G0DZ TH3Y HAVE BLOCK3D T3h C0D3Z!!!!111??1?!1 First off, I’d advise our brilliant user (Mercia) to take a basic lesson on HTML terms. I’d recommend the W3C. Anyway, the reason they “can’t” have it is they don’t want to spend the time developing it (they probably couldn’t do it, anyway. Their coding sucks). It’s not a matter of jealously, it’s a matter of being a stuck-up piece of garbage. As for options, how about learning how to use Flash and MAKING YOUR OWN? As for why they can’t make it better: that’s the idea. They don’t want to. Development is basically over, and they are rolling in the money and only adding the features that people will complain about until it annoys them. I don’t see them adding this particular feature anytime soon. Deal with it.
Now, for our second-to-last example: user “Charlene” has some wonderful insight for us:
I use your site almost all the time..and I have just started putting photobucket on. Yeah I know you made you slide show now but…photobucket offers more to pictures then you do. I am sorry to say but once you take it off you will lose a lot of users. It seems you rather have people just not be creative with your site.
The fact she suggests people will leave MySpace because they disable embedding a stupid widget I hate anyway tells me one thing: PEOPLE ARE COMING TO THE SITE FOR WIDGETS? Apparently, if they value the widgets that much, they’re missing the point of the website (on the bright side, they probably click a lot of ads). The point of MySpace’s isn’t to be creative, either. Take a look at any profiles on there — the “styles” make me want to stab my eyes repeatedly with a broken spork. I mean, whatever will I do if I can’t post the horrendous video-remix of pictures of my cat on my MySpace? I MIGHT DIE!
And, last but not least, we have this wonderful example of human intellect:
im more interested in how they would police that photobucket thing more than anything. at what level?
why can’t we view what we want from our own computer? the code isn’t executed for a particular vid or image until it reaches our computers. it’s not even fetched until then for that matter.
and then what purpose is in it? commercial? yes. editing and maturity concerns? ok.
questions. questions. but it sucks anywayz.
I’m sure our good friend “Chloe Kramer” would have continued, but her tubes to the intrawebz got clogged. How do they police it? IT’S CALLED REGULAR EXPRESSIONS, IDIOT. And yes, you ignorant brick, code IS EXECUTED SERVER SIDE IN FLASH. Flash can perform server-side file manipulations. And yes, Chloe, it is “fetched”. That’s how HTTP works, maybe you should read up on it? I’ll wait. As for why you can’t “view what we want from our own computer”? It’s called running the website. Whoever runs it calls the shots. Its how the tubes work.
The above individuals, ladies and gentlemen, are about as bad as it gets on the internet in terms of low IQ level. Sadly, they are just the average MySpace users: 13 year old girls who have nothing better than blog about how cute their pet cat is in little fluffy boots. Besides, the only thing worse than a MySpace profile is a MySpace profile with 8,000,000,000,000,000 embeded videos.
Note: What did I tell you about MySpace’s popularity cycle being on the way down? :D Another shot in the foot…