Last night while twittering I caught wind of the MySpace External Link change up.
Back in July, MySpace started converting external links
on profiles and comments to first re-direct to an “msplinks.com”
address in an effort to presumably cut down on spam and provide the
social networking site with better tracking.
Tonight, we’ve caught wind of a discussion thread
where some webmasters of “bling” sites have noticed a splash page that
MySpace may be testing that shows up in between a link on MySpace and
the site you’re trying to get to. Here’s what it allegedly looks like:
I haven’t been able to re-produce this splash page yet, but if it’s
true, it would appear MySpace is now concerned with phishing scams, as
the emphasis of the warning is to not give out your password. The
“bling” webmasters are obviously quite concerned, as such an aggressive
move to warn users may cut down on the amount of traffic that follows
through to their sites.
For those of us creating widgets - this is really going to push you to create entire experiences within your apps instead of using your widget as an ad or billboard. Or of course - it could lead to more MySpace branded communities.