Monday, June 28, 2004
Via The Lost Blogs Home:
Thousands of Blogs Fall Silent
Blogging pioneer Dave Winer unexpectedly closed Weblogs.com, his free blog-hosting service, on Sunday, leaving thousands of bloggers without access to their blogs. Blogs affected by the shutdown now redirect to a generic message posted by Winer. Some bloggers are screaming that the shutdown is a serial "blog murder."
I wouldn't go that far, but I can certainly see why people would be upset. Winer is going to try to allow users to save and archive their blogs on their computers by emailing them their files. The controversy here is that paying bloggers are now saying, "Idiots, what did you expect?" or similar.
Is this incident going to separate 'pro' paying bloggers from 'amateur' free bloggers? Is this the beginning of the end for free blogging? Stay tuned to find out!
Oh, and now I'm going to try to figure out how to save my posts, just in case...