SnapLayout could quite possibly be the next stop for MySpace in the realm of protecting ones established business. MySpace pages, I must admit, are in need of a long overdue boost in appearance as more and more users call the social networking portal home. The open platform to change the MySpace profile page was definitely a step in the right direction, but the options are not the most desirable. More notably, MySpace is quite slow in grasping innovations or even innovating on their own accord, which makes its problematic for users waiting for a revolution of sort. Honestly, MySpace should at least acquire sites that are worthy or start innovating soon enough. However, their string of actions in this respect is not that price worthy. First they reinvent their own editor code after being declined by RealEditor, a site offering its own MySpace profile editor, to code for them. In addition, RealEditor, on the other hand, alleges that MySpace had “blatantly ripped off their functionality”, which they hadn’t patented or otherwise protected from a legal perspective. Well, it is often considered the greatest complement when ones idea is captured by another, but thats an entirely different story.
Anyhow, RealEditor, as a profile editor is not as superior as SnapLayout, a site that offers great widget functionality with a notable appearance. In Fact, SnapLayout could be considered the best and latest in cutting edge third-party tools to alter MySpace’s profile page. However, as things stand, we are not sure if MySpace will shut down SnapLayout in an attempt to put a stop to third-party sites that add functionality to the social portal. Personally, I think it is best that MySpace include in its terms and conditions, a clause clearly indicating what MySpace considers to be issues resulting in an inevitable “shut down” and other related concerns. On the flip side, newcomers keen on seizing the opportunity that MySpace offers should be wary of a possible misfire. One way is to be aware of the risk and possibly consider legal aid in the form of a patent or similar item to protect their code. Of course, one must deem the code to be valuable enough to big giants like MySpace to make it a priority. Also, the costs associated with legal protection can sometimes outweigh the revenue potential for startups. As another option, startups could look into accepting any reasonable offer put forth by the biggies when innovating with the moto “hit or miss”. In this manner, startups get something in return for their efforts as apposed to having nothing, but a bad after taste of missed fortune. Unless we all go legal with our ideas and codes; our options are limited.
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