Live Space to WordPress, officially…

The breaking news for me this morning is Microsoft officially announced they will give up Live Space service and allow all users migrating to WordPress.com. This is so good, for human beings.

And my small tool Live Space Mover will probably accomplish his mission after serving for 3 years. I wrote this script when I worked as an intern in Bosch RTC in 2007, for moving my own blog posts to WordPress. Since then I maintained it at times, when receiving emails from users around the world. Most updates were catching up with Live Space upgrade, while some are just bug fixing. Several nice people sent me donations, which were the best times I’ve ever had. The largest donation(20$) came from a man using an “@microsoft.com” email ;)

The small script experienced a few significant changes in its not long life. The first change is from directly publishing posts to destination blog via MetaWeblog API to exporting XML for user to import by himself. This leveraged existing functions and made it much easier. The second change is about fetching blog comments more than 1 page. Live Space switched the way of paging comments between Ajax and non-Ajax several times. In the early versions of Live Space Mover I once successfully “decoded” some Ajax functions of Live Space by watching the Ajax http traffic and guessing parameter meanings. That was fun but quite time-consuming, and also made the early Live Space Mover “full functional”. Then Live Space switched to non-Ajax way and my life was much easier for a long time. Recently Live Space used an Ajax way again but I had lost interests to waste time on this sh*t… So current Live Space Mover can’t fetch comments more than 1 page.

By the news there are 30 million live space users. I guess maybe 10% of them will move to WordPress.com? That is still a large number. For Chinese bloggers who want to use a blog service which is not GFWed, self-hosted blog (WordPress or other blog app) would be the best but expensive choice, and blog.163.com is the best choice among free solutions AFAIK.

Live Space的RSS

Live Space改版之后对RSS看来重视了许多

  1. 终于可以添加自定义的RSS到自己的更新里面了
  2. 新版的“What’s New”也有对应的RSS,包括某个network的What’s New,以及某个人的What’s New……这个功能太八卦了。不过network这个概念好像和好友的概念有点乱。
  3. 通过“某个好友的What’s New”功能,事实上也可以变相订阅不公开的space和未开放RSS的space了

刚才经过一番寻找终于找到了邀请别人加入自己network的功能入口……这功能搞得太隐蔽了,然后开始在长长的MSN联系人名单里面选择,一次性发送了140个邀请,ft

另外现在这些RSS的输出好像处于不是特别靠谱的阶段,昨天我遇到过某个好友写了一篇blog,在What’s New里面已经有了,但在该blog的RSS里面迟迟不出现的状况。

然后,发送140个邀请的页面还有个进度条,最后以不靠谱的出现错误提示告终,我也不知道邀请都发出去了没……

live_space_sucks

最后我要说,对新版live messenger和live space一开始的那么一点好感,主要还是来源于messenger的界面做得比较好看。

Stupid Live Space!!!

我就不明白了,评论的时间只显示月日不显示时分秒是啥意思……

而月份的表示,七月份是四个字母“July”,十一月就变成了三个字母的缩写加一个点儿“Nov.”,发指的是九月份居然是四个字母加一个点——“Sept.”…… 这真是癞蛤蟆跳脚背——不咬人恶心人……

管Live Space的同学你们有那么闲吗??有吗???!