On Deathwatch: MyBlogLog Service and API May Be Closing

Adam DuVander, January 5th, 2010

MyBlogLogYahoo is weighing its options with its blog-based social network tool MyBlogLog and has not ruled out closing down the site–and its API (our MyBlogLog API profile). When the MyBlogLog API launched, it looked to have a promising future, though this was before Facebook and Google released similar features.

ReadWriteWeb reported that MyBlogLog will be closed in January. Yahoo responded with its own post, which gives few details except to say no decision has been made:

Is a shutdown on the table? Sure, that’s an option. But there are other options as well. We know this creates some uncertainty for current MyBlogLog users. While we aren’t quite ready to share more details, we promise to keep you posted.

If you’re a developer using the MyBlogLog API, it’s difficult to take any solace from the Yahoo post.

FOAFster

If Yahoo does shutter the site and API there will be some fallout. The API never quite saw the adoption to the level of its potential (we list only 5 MyBlogLog mashups, including FOAFster, shown above, and at our profile). However, the MyBlogLog widget, the heart of the service, is still installed on thousands of blogs. Those sites will need to remove MyBlogLog and possibly move to other services. And, the toughest part, they’ll have to start all over with getting visitors to join that next network.

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7 Responses to “On Deathwatch: MyBlogLog Service and API May Be Closing”

January 11th, 2010
at 3:34 pm
Comment by: Yahoo Puts Shopping API on the Clearance Rack

[...] has done this before, most recently with MyBlogLog. On one hand, the company provides so many services, this is bound to happen. On another, with [...]

January 12th, 2010
at 3:13 am
Comment by: Kent Brewster

Very, very sad about MyBlogLog. So much potential, utterly squandered. :(

January 19th, 2010
at 10:45 am
Comment by: Ian

I posted a “how to” about what you need to do to export your data from MyBlogLog should Yahoo announce a shutdown.

http://everwas.com/2010/01/how-to-export-your-data-from-mybloglog.html

Includes a python script that uses the API to make a local copy of your contacts.

Ian Kennedy
Former MyBlogLog Product Manager

August 19th, 2010
at 1:35 am
Comment by: Yahoo Unloads With Major Search API Updates

[...] tools are no longer going to be available and MyBlogLog API will stop working by year end. We put MyBlogLog on Deathwatch in January and when Yahoo announced its search deal with Bing, Search Monkey looked like the [...]

February 24th, 2011
at 9:50 am
Comment by: Yahoo to Pull the Plug MyBlogLog on May 24

[...] there’s a date. MyBlogLog has been on deathwatch for over a year. It’s been clear that Yahoo would kill it and its MyBlogLog API, but still it [...]

February 24th, 2011
at 10:38 pm
Comment by: Yahoo to Pull the Plug on MyBlogLog on May 24 | Another Newyork Times

[...] there’s a date. MyBlogLog has been on deathwatch for over a year. It’s been clear that Yahoo would kill it and its MyBlogLog API, but still it [...]

January 13th, 2012
at 9:35 am
Comment by: Where Are All the Widget-Makers?

[...] we’ve seen widget companies, like MyBlogLog, get acquired and forgotten. It may sound like I’m arguing for a bygone era, like I think we should all be hand-writing [...]

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