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New WindowsLive.com launches with community content through Windows Live Clubhouse

The new WindowsLive.com website is launched sporting an all-new look and feel and lots of great content such as neat tips and tricks and show-and-tell stories on how people are using Windows Live in their lives. The content on WindowsLive.com is driven from the community of passionate Windows Live users through the Windows Live Clubhouse.

The Windows Live Clubhouse is a special Windows Live Space that brings other Windows Live users together in talking about Windows Live on their own Windows Live Space. Using Windows Live Writer and using special tags designed for the Windows Live Clubhouse, users can have content written on their Windows Live Space aggregated to WindowsLive.com and shared with the world! Basically it works like this:

  • First, users will need to join the “Clubhouse”, by clicking a link on the WindowsLive.com page. This will allow the project to track tags, and expose the posts to the Clubhouse for review and rating.
  • Users write a blog post about Windows Live. Currently, these posts must be on a Windows Live Spaces site, but plans are for it to open up in October, according to Marty Collins, Windows Live Senior Marketing Manager.
  • Using special tags such as the ones here, users will tag the post:
    • Windows Live Tags: Clubhouse, Windows Live, Spaces, LiveSide    
    • (which puts a line of html coding in your post, like this: <a href=”http://windows.live.com/connect/tag/{tag-encoded}” rel=”clubhouseTag”>{tag}</a>)
  • Then when the post appears on the Clubhouse, Clubhouse members will be able to rate and/or comment on the posts. Once at least three Clubhouse members have approved the post, it will be included for filtering up to the WindowsLive.com User Generated Content sections featured on the sites.
  • While posts will be subject to the Spaces Terms of Use (ie: no personal attacks, porn, etc), Microsoft will not be editing the content for say positive feedback only, according to Collins. Users on the Clubhouse site will decide what appears on the WindowsLive.com site, not Microsoft.[LiveSide]
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