In my agonizing trials of using the Open Social platform on Myspace to publish the “Show Time Mini” clock widget, it finally occurred to me that I am running a blog, and blogs we designed for complaints. I’m going to keep this rant concise and just say that Myspace is utterly falling apart with bugs and poor management. Like most people, I abandoned Myspace a while ago for a friendlier Facebook interface. I prefer profiles that don’t crash my browser with your 1000 pictures of your niece, beer pong Youtube videos, or 3 songs from different genres all playing at once in a cacophony that hasn’t made me cringe at my computer since the sound of my 56k modem of yesteryear.
Anyway, rant over… Been trying to submit the Show Time Mini widget to Myspace only for them to reject it numerous times and now I need to re-approve my email address to even have access to the developer section. Tried 17 times to validate my email with no luck. Contact their help section with the bug only to wait 5 days for an automated response that explains I need to contact their help section… What?
Here’s step 1 of how to contact their help section:
“1. Contact MySpace (on the right) and tell us what’s going on”
I can’t even get through step 1 because there’s nothing “on the right”. Its not a web page its an email. You can’t trick me, there’s nothing there.
So far gotten Show Time Mini submitted and approved at Friendster, Orkut, Bebo, Widgetbox, Apple (OSX Dashboard), and iGoogle. Awaiting approval for the Yahoo Widget and hoping to hear from them soon. Originally I thought I’d do one for Facebook, but Facebook doesn’t let Flash live on your profile page without first clicking on it. This bothered me at first but then remembered why I like Facebook in the first place and why I can sacrifice my flash app for the sake of a better user experience.
I’m going to keep trying with Myspace as its obviously still a popular site. Let’s hope I don’t need to write rant #2.