Here’s a quick tip for my fellow Spaces ex-pats out there. Remember lists? They were these really nifty containers for interesting links that you could display on your space’s main page. There were 4 list templates, tailored for specific types of content:
But in truth, you could use any of them to house links to anything, and when you created or modified a list, the update would appear on your Messenger social feed.
When it was announced that they wouldn’t make the trip over to WordPress along with your blog posts, you may have been worried that they’d be lost for all eternity. However, I’m happy to report that your custom lists are (for the moment, anyway) alive and well under your Windows Live profile. Turns out that following Windows Live wave 3, all Spaces lists were relocated under the profile, which helped them to survive Spaces Armageddon.
There’s just one little problem: your space was the front door that took you to the list management pages on Windows Live, and it doesn’t really exist anymore. Any attempt to access your old space’s URL just directs you to your new WordPress URL. Since there’s no longer a visible link to your lists, they’re a little convoluted to access, but here’s how you do it:
- Navigate to your Windows Live Profile.
- Once you’re authenticated, add /lists to the URL (e.g., http://cid-19760888be8fca70.profile.live.com/lists), and click Go.
Voila! There are all of your former spaces’ lists, complete with the user interface to manage them. That’s right, you can still create new lists and manage your existing lists. Best of all, updates are still reflected on your Messenger social feed, so friends can still see when you’ve added a new item.
It’s entirely likely that this stay of execution is only temporary until Microsoft formally pulls the plug on Spaces at the end of March 2011, possibly even sooner. The fact is that movies, music, and books aren’t really necessary moving forward, because your profile has dedicated Favorite Things lists (which, confusingly, are part of the same service but not connected to Spaces lists’ content in any way). But I hope that they’ll at least allow custom lists to hang around indefinitely, and maybe even build their functionality into Favorite Things lists. I’ve often complained that the current arrangement of Favorite Things lists is too limited, and I think it would benefit from the ability to create custom categories of favorite things: TV programs, blogs, wines, whatever.