Yahoo! or Yikes! Saving MyBlogLog

Apparently I missed this on the blogosphere wireless! Three or four years ago, maybe more, MyBlogLog was THE in thing in Social Media!

When I first started blogging, no, before I started blogging, MyBlogLog was the first place that I dipped my toe into the blogosphere.  I have not left the waters of the blogosphere since!

We have  until May 24, 2011 to convince Yahoo! that they MUST change their mind and work with the network(s) of bloggers to pass it on to capable and more-focused hands!

“Isn’t it reasonable that they would sell MyBlogLog so that you can maintain your communities? Isn’t it reasonable to expect that they would at a minimum protect your work by providing you the ability to move it over to a site like BlogCatalog or some other network?

BlogCatalog is willing to do whatever technical work is necessary to port their user base and go through all the spam and clean out the mess they have left. They have pilfered bloggers data only to leave bloggers hanging out in the cold.”

Well said!  We all need to stick with what we do best.  Yahoo! is wonderful, do not get me wrong.   They bring current news to the forefront and Yahoo! Finance is awesome!  We can talk all day about the wonders of Yahoo! email lists.  Yahoo! has their niche.  In fact, they have several!  Be reasonable guys, do not leave a sour taste in the mouths of the blogosphere.

BloggersUnite.org has much better things to do and big World problems where it strives to organize bloggers!  They have made this one of their causes.

What right’s do bloggers have in a community that they built especially when a corporation the size of Yahoo has made promises to focus on the site and turn it into something valuable for you? They made promises. Why should they be entitled to shut the site down to the detriment of bloggers who have supported them for years relying on the fact that Yahoo is one of the larger tech companies in the USA?

Isn’t it reasonable that they would sell MyBlogLog so that you can maintain your communities? Isn’t it reasonable to expect that they would at a minimum protect your work by providing you the ability to move it over to a site like BlogCatalog or some other network? 

Rant About It is ranting about it too!

Why?  BlogCatalog isn’t a public company so we can decide how and where to invest our money.  Our pride and joy is BloggersUnite.org a site designed for bloggers to unite around causes and make a difference.  What would a simple connection between MyBlogLog and BloggersUnite.org mean to the world?   One life saved  because one blogger from MyBlogLog didn’t know about BloggersUnite.org and now they do?  Perhaps more?

The cynic could suggest that MyBlogLog doesn’t know about BlogCatalog, that tiny company located somewhere in Texas.   The cynic would be wrong.   Greg Cohen of Yahoo and I spoke at SXSW a year ago about taking over MyBlogLog.  They wanted to know our plans.  We shared some of them though were not going to hand over the “sauce.”    Interesting enough even after laying out what we would do and how we could enable Yahoo! to save face, they would rather shut it down.

Since blogging is about transparency and social media is about transparency,  perhaps not total, though much more so than business has ever been,  here’s the outline that was sent to Greg and his Yahoo Don’t let MyBlogLog die!colleagues.    As the CEO of BlogCatalog I am still inviting Yahoo! to leave the door open.  Do not shut it.  We don’t want any of the “dots.”  

As you can see, the sour taste has already started.  Yahoo! does not want it anymore, so let BlogCatalog take it and restore it to its original happy place!

Let the blogosphere continue to love you, Yahoo!. Let it go!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gigi-hawaii // Apr 14, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I have never used Yahoo for blogging, but I do use it for email because it is free.

  • 2 Evelyn // Apr 17, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Hi Gigi! Yahoo took over MyBlogLog which is sort of a bloggers Facebook… sort of. It’s a place for bloggers to share stuff with each other. The problem is, Yahoo! stopped taking care of it and now wants to shut it down.

    Bloggers just want them to give it to another group that will take care of it. That’s the reason for this push.

    It’s a social network that we are trying to save. People go to Yahoo! for so many other things — they don’t need this one — especially if they’re just going to shut it down. That would be very mean.

  • 3 Pua // Jun 5, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Mahalo Evelyn for trying to save ‘MyBlogLog’ and ask for bloggers support. Can we save ‘MyBlogLog’? If you ask me, I don’t think so.

    Ever since Yahoo had taken over my BlogLogLog, Yahoo showed clearly that they had no interest whatsoever to keep this great social blogger network functioning.

    I came back from a short vacation and tried to access MyBlogLog without any luck. Despite of many emails to Yahoo, I never received an email back responding to this problem because…I bet there was NOBODY at Yahoo assigned to take care of such things.

    I gave up and I was probably not the only blogger who did.

    Last but not least, remember all the social networks are business decisions based on financial profit. Big business that is! Yahoo obviously did NOT think that MyBlogLog can bring in big money.

    Just my humble thoughts, aloha Pua

  • 4 Evelyn // Jun 5, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Sometimes, Pua, businesses have to be mindful of serving their clients even if it’s not always profitable. The whole with with MBL is nothing less than annoying but a good deal more!

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