]BoingBoing, a popular Web log, on Friday reported that MSN Spaces
]is rejecting certain blog titles or URLs because they contain words ]that Microsoft has deemed inappropriate.
]But the fun started for many users when blogs with tricky titles
]that resembled innocuous terms--think of a racier version of "tit ]for tat," for example--cleared Microsoft's censorship filters.
]Getting a blog with a dirty name past the MSN Spaces controls may
]be fun, but it also illustrates the tensions between the
]traditionally free and open world of blogging and the more
]corporate approach of a software giant like Microsoft.
]"If you can't speak freely on a blog, what's the point of having
]one?" BoingBoing pointed out.
]These tensions are also apparent in Microsoft's approach to blog
]content. Unlike rival services such as Blogger, MSN Spaces forces ]new users to grant Microsoft permission to "use, copy, distribute,
]transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit,
]modify, translate and reformat" their blog postings.