Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Final Indignity for AOL-J Land

From my email of a few minutes ago:

Subject: AOL Journals is closing October 31, 2008

From: A
OLMemberInfo
To: that word @aol.com
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 4:54 pm

Dear AOL Journals user,

We’re sorry to inform you that on Oct. 31, 2008, AOL® Journals will be shut down permanently. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

It’s very important that you save your Journals content before the shutdown. We're working on a way to easily move your Journal to another blogging service -- you can expect an email within the next week with more details about how to do it. We want the transition to go as smoothly as possible for you, so you’ll have two choices. You can either save your information manually and find another place to blog on your own, or choose to automatically transfer your Journal to a different blogging service we’ve selected.

In the meantime, please bookmark the People Connection Blog, where you can find out more about AOL Journals. You can also subscribe to the People Connection Blog RSS feed to stay informed about any changes. We’ll be updating the People Connection Blog often, so please check it regularly.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make this transition.

Sincerely,

The AOL Journals Team

Wow.

Mostly I think this is another sign that AOL is on its last legs after years of bad decisions and major changes in Internet technology and culture. It's very sad, for both the people who left and the people who stayed, and a final betrayal for those who stayed. They didn't leave AOL-J, so AOL-J left them.

I just hope they make it easily portable into Blogger. That is, after all, where most people went in the Exodus. And many of them, myself included, still have entries they never ported over, one painful copy-paste at a time.

K.

5 comments:

Laura said...

although i made the jump back in the day of the J-land mass exodus, this makes me sad. i feel for the j-landers who remained and blogged on during the years after we left.

Shelly said...

Why, oh why, am I not surprised.

Paul said...

The information I am getting is that there will be a program in place within a few days that will migrate one's entire AOL journal to a blogspot blog. All entries, comments, and sidebar info will be transferred. However, the transfer will only be from one AOL journal to one brand new blogspot blog. The program will not work with an established blogspot blog.

alphawoman said...

Sad Day for J-Land.

K. M. Pitts said...

The reason why most get upset is because they hate change. Everyone does.