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September 29, 2004

Microsoft's Three Degrees

Tom Keating has an interesting entry on Microsoft's foray into P2P technology. It was only a matter of time before BitTorrent got Microsoft's attention, and what I found most interesting how Microsoft is harnessing that technology with a service they run called threedegrees.com.

The first inkling I got that ThreeDegrees wasn't designed for me was that the link for Info was called "411". I may not be the hippest guy in our neighborhood, but they are definitely not targeting my demographic. It's obviously for teen IM users, but I can't tell if the website is cool to teens, or lame because it is trying to pretend to be cool.

The service is what looks like instant messaging on steroids. You sign up a few friends to create a group, and then when you are online, you can play MP3 music which is group controlled and streamed to each member. You can also send photos and "winks" (little animations) to each other.

I find it interesting enough to mention it because the same premise could be used to share video as a way to watch shows together "virtually". I don't believe that's available with the Microsoft service, but it's only a step further down the road.

In the vernacular of threedegrees.com, "click here for the lowdown."

Posted on September 29, 2004

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Anything they do to try and "lock down" whatever this becomes will result in failure, of course.

Posted by: th0m at September 29, 2004 12:43 PM

I think you make a good point, th0m. Any restrictions like protecting copyrighted material is just going to get these users to move on to find some other service that will be less restrictive.

Posted by: Will at September 30, 2004 07:50 AM

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