Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dr. Strangelove

Regardless of more than 10 million unique visitors on it's last month of life, Dr. Evil's new partner "mini-me" decided to just kill geocities. I had my Geocities property before those Yahoos took control. Some of my former students may remember the pages with their drawings. I must admit that I stopped updating those pages about 4 or 5 years ago, but they were still getting at least 30 visitors each month. It's now over.

Quite interesting questions:
"MySpace isn't exactly at the peak of its popularity, but there are still tons of people who use it. What if they just pulled everything? What if Google bought Facebook and decided to kill it? What if your Tweets vanished? Sure these things seem unlikely now because these services are still fresh. Well, GeoCities was once the "it" thing too."
Wetpaint's bailout plan (via) to "save" some of the lost properties seems like a good option... if only they were not partners with the Evil Empire too.

It's all in their "terms of service"... all those free e-mail, social networks, webhosting, blogs, picture hosting, services have a clause that they can simply just "terminate" the service. It's just that nobody takes that seriously. However, it's even worse to think that the new doomsday "big red button on a briefcase" is not to launch nuclear weapons... but a new executive order from the US president, which allows him to just shut down the internet in case of "emergency". Better start looking for some webhosting, e-mail and other internet services that are based in Switzerland or something.

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Blogger Roolhaas said...

Just around these days I found myself looking for a place to (finally) upload a bunch of personal pictures that I do not want to either print or send to oblivion in a burn CD/DVD. Now the question is, what service? Flickr? Picasa? Badongo? What do you suggest?
Greetings from the other side...

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