MySpace and Photobucket Tug of War

In an older post I mentioned how I thought MySpace would start flexing its muscles and potentially making life harder of widget providers. Then I saw this post and this post about how MySpace and Photobucket are having a spat, with MySpace blocking Photobucket videos. From my point of view, it seems to me that mega-networks such as MySpace have a lot of power and it’s not clear to me whether features need distribution more than distribution needs features — how these spats get resolved will go a long way toward figuring out just how much some of these social networking products can muscle widget and technology providers. My sense at the moment continues to be that the largest social networks hold most of the power in these relationships – distribution is a very dear commodity these days.