Late last year, rumors surfaced regarding Yahoo shutting down its blogger community social network – MyBlogLog. I guess its no longer a rumor as I received an email today from Yahoo! officially announcing the discontinuation of its MyBlogLog service.
MyBlogLog was a social network for the blogging community that showed great potential. This service provided publishers, developers and bloggers access to very relevant information – personal, demographic, taste and activity data of a website’s readers. Unfortunately, things went south after Yahoo! acquired MyBlogLog and neglected it.
Here’s the email sent by Yahoo!:
Dear MyBlogLog Customer,
You have been identified as a customer of Yahoo! MyBlogLog. We will officially discontinue Yahoo! MyBlogLog effective May 24, 2011. Your agreement with Yahoo!, to the extent that it applies to the Yahoo! MyBlogLog, will terminate on May 24, 2011.
After May 24, 2011 your credit card will no longer be charged for premium services on MyBlogLog. We will refund you the unused portion of your subscription, if any. The refund will appear as a credit via the billing method we have on file for you. To make sure that your billing information is correct and up to date, visit https://billing.yahoo.com.
If you have questions about these changes, please visit the Yahoo! MyBlogLog help pages.
We thank you for being a customer on Yahoo! MyBlogLog.
The Yahoo! My BlogLog Team
This is sad news but it surely doesn’t come as a surprise, as the popularity and interest for MyBlogLog has waned the past couple of years and also considering Yahoo!’s reputation with its acquisitions. As ReadWriteWeb mentions in this post, MyBlogLog could’ve been even bigger than Delicious. Too bad that something with so much potential would end up like this. I’m sure the folks who created MyBlogLog, if they can only turn back time wouldn’t sell it to Yahoo!.
I joined MyblogLog back in January of 2007 and I can say that I really liked it and found the service very useful. I had the MBL widget here on JaypeeOnline up until about two months ago when I replaced it with the NetworkedBlogs widget. I took down the MBL widget because it was no longer useful. It didn’t bring in that much traffic and data like it used to as there are only a few people left using the service.
Anyone else who’s using MyBlogLog? What do you think of how Yahoo officially discontinues MyBlogLog? What alternative service are you going to use once it gets discontinued? Please share your thoughts.
@Kristine – Me too. But then, the last few months there hasn’t been that much people using it anymore so it becomes useless. I’m not sure about BlogCatalog as they don’t seem to have any much success themselves.
I kinda like MyBloglog because I can see the faces of people who viewed me. Well, basically that’s it. Hmm. Perhaps blogcatalog would be another option. :)
@Ron – I know. Like I said in my previous comment, it seems that they’re just wasting their money because they end up shutting down most businesses they’ve acquired the past few years.
Yahoo seems like discontinuing more and more service nowadays. I wonder who or what is next.
@Sreejesh – Yahoo! will be sunsetting a lot of different other projects as well. I think they’re just wasting their money acquiring business just to shut them down later. SMH
Yeah sad, even I got the same mail. I think Yahoo’s sunset is coming close
@Jhay – I see. Well, I was also thinking of taking it down several months before that but I kinda put it on hold. I guess should’ve done it sooner like you did. Hehe
Stopped using it long before you did. When they were bought by Yahoo! and no other change came along except for the UI facelift and Yahoo! login, I knew that it was the start of MBL’s demise.
@zammax – I know. Too bad that Yahoo! neglected MBL. It could’ve been a very successful blogging social network if only they worked on it.
I am sad to hear that but of course because the popularity of MBL has decreased since one or two years ago