MySpace exerted its alpha social network dominance overnight when it began blocking all Photobucket users from posting their videos to their MySpace pages.
As Mike Arrington reported on TechCrunch, "This is a major blackout, affecting millions of embedded videos." And yet, interestingly, videos from other competitors like YouTube "are still working fine."
Photobucket has become a massive create hub for building and sharing photos, graphics, slideshows, and videos to Web sites everywhere (they recently added a "Video Uploader" capability that allows users to submit video via their Webcam...scary, I know...that video you make for Grandma will never be the same).
A lot of folks aren't very happy about this situation, but Robert Scoble observes that you essentially get what you pay for when you use a free hosted service like MySpace. You sign up for the Ts and Cs, they can block services such as videos from Photobucket. Scoble suggests this will "chill investment in parasitic services for MySpace."
Although from a PR perspective, one ponders whether MySpace might have given its millions of users (many many many of whom are Photobucket users) some advance notice (I didn't get an email) about the block.
No use sending the MySpace Photobucket video natives off into the cyber jungle in a complete tizzy.
"Get your camcorders fired up, folks, we're going shootin'!"
As the MySpace "About Us" page indicates, you can "...create a private community on MySpace and you can share photos, journals, and interests with your growing network of mutual friends!"
But please, no videos....at least, none from Photobucket.