MyBlogLog is Shutting Down soon.A not-so-good news for all MyBlogLog users out there! MyBlogLog, a social network for bloggers, will be finally shutting down three (3) months from now. After the rumor spread last year, Yahoo had finally made an official announcement regarding the retirement of the service last Thursday, February 24th.
In an email sent by Yahoo! to existing users, the MyBlogLog team explained:
“ 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.”
A useful tool for most bloggers, MyBlogLog enabled users to track visitors to their blogs and somehow help establish a community around it. It could be recalled the in the year 2007, Yahoo! acquired the service for 10 million dollars. Though the service attracted more users during the first few months, it wasn’t able to sustain its glow and thus forced the company to “sunset” the said service.
In addition, MyBlogLog is not the only one Yahoo! will shut down. AltaVista (search engine), Yahoo! Buzz (Digg-like news article website), Yahoo! Picks (features cool websites), and Yahoo! Bookmarks (bookmark organizer) are among the list too. Delicious, also a Yahoo!-acquired social bookmarking web service, was also included in the list though Yahoo! had withdrawn the closure the day after the announcement.
What are my Alternatives?
With the service drawing its closure, existing users will be forced to find other alternatives for MyBlogLog. Google Connect, BlogCatalog, or even Twitter and Facebook will be a good alternative to build a community for your website or blog. BlogCatalog has the same functionalities (track visitors and build a community) as MyBlogLog. Google Connect, Twitter, and Facebook on the other hand doesn’t have the tracking capability but have a wider pool of users.
So what do you think of this MyBlogLog closure? Which alternative are you picking up? Share your thoughts by commenting below.