User-generated haven MySpace recently made the bold move to stop Widgets from running on user pages. Users were adding widgets to their gaudy pages to play songs, videos, the weather. A few weeks ago, MySpace decided to block all widgets that weren’t MySpace widgets – maybe as a step towards commercializing the content on the user generated pages.
I think it’s a mistake to throw them out. Users both know and like Slide.com and Photobucket – making them switch to MySpace clone services won’t be an obvious step for everyone. Providing an arena for users to create and interact is great, but don’t dictate how they should be doing it.