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More info on the Space.MSN URL Changes

Greg Phipps – Spaces Program Managers, “Spaces has grown very quickly into one of the Web’s mega services. So quickly in fact that we just passed the 100MM user mark and have had to do some architectural changes to ensure that Spaces can be deployed in multiple data centers. We needed to deliver a system that allows for Spaces to be distributed across multiple data centers without requiring a URL that included the data center name. How unkewl would that be? Can you imagine telling your friends and family that the URL to your space was http://cluster25.dc1.spaces.msn.com/gphipps?

So we have developed a DNS (Domain Name System) based solution that allows us to redirect requests to the right data center and allows us to keep a better looking URL. Moving the Space name into the domain name is a requirement of that.

We also heard the pain we created for our users with the URL change made in our release in January and to help mitigate this upcoming name change we have worked with the following companies to proactively address the associated ranking issues:

  • Technorati
  • Weblogs
  • Feedster
  • PubSub.com
  • Bloglines
  • Ask.com

In addition, we have dialogues with the following search engine companies

  • Live Search
  • Yahoo
  • Google

I can’t promise that this will be a completely seamless transition; but rest assured we are working hard to make this as seamless as possible.

Spaces, MSN, Technorati, Feedster, Bloglines, Live Search, Yahoo, Google

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