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Monday, February 15, 2016

Google (now Alphabet) to kill Blogger this year (2016)?

Silicon Valley is slightly abuzz with news that Google/Alphabet is ridding itself of elements that are not commercially viable: Blogger, Picasa, Google+, et cetera.

This means that we who use Blogger will no longer have a Google venue or blog with which to communicate.

I have a Wordpress account and others, as do some of you reading this, so we can transfer our meager efforts to those sites, and there is always, for now, Facebook, which many UFO buffs use for ufological ramblings. (FB gives them some feedback, at least, which isn’t happening at their blogs, this one among them.)

But the accumulated UFO effluvia that now resides on Blogger blogs will become extinct. (There are no plans by Google/Alphabet to provide a way to save Blogger content.)

With “ufology” dying, the loss of blogs, like this one or Kevin Randle’s et al., is no big deal.

However, it would be nice to have a revamped, modernized UFO UpDates, since the old version, moderated by codger-tyrant Errol Bruce-Knapp lost its cachet by catering to UFO geezers and prone to archaic communication methodology: for example, accented words were displayed like this _UFOs_ rather than like this UFOs.

Isaac Koi intended to set up a new UFO UpDates-like venue but I haven’t heard anything more about that.

Anyway, those who blog (a dying art-form itself) should prepare for the extinction or just move on to things more relevant – Facebook not being one of those important or relevant places for intelligent dialogue or commentary.



  • Extra-sensory perception (ESP) or some method of thought transference is now surely the key to keeping us alive and active. Who on earth bothers to put their thoughts into words nowadays? Here at last is your chance. Take it!

    By Blogger cda, at Monday, February 15, 2016  

  • This is why I've copied a few blogs over the years - preservation of ideas and discourse. It'll be a great regret to see blogs go the way of the dodo because it won't just be the blog-owners, it'll be the end of a community of bloggers too. Besides your honourable self, there are dozens of people I recognise around the blogs and will miss seeing them.

    Google isn't a charity although it would be great to see them being charitable to their own blogosphere. It's where a lot of us go to explore ideas without the hostility that seems ingrained across most other social media. Long may it live!

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Monday, February 15, 2016  

  • > There are no plans by Google/Alphabet to provide a way to save Blogger content.

    When Geocities was being shut down, everyone lost their shit. But a few enterprising internet users figured out how to archive nearly everything from those old Geocities sites over at OoCities.org.

    Just makes me wonder how many people dip into the "effluvia" of Geocities for contemporary inquiry.

    Like the U.S. Constitution, the internet is a living thing. Things vanish, things reappear, and things mutate. We might have a spate of people repeating the same shit that we knew back in 2000, but one of those writers will give a new take the old guard wouldn't have dared to humor.

    By Blogger MrAnonymous, at Monday, February 15, 2016  

  • Well this is certainly a downer. I'll have to explore other options. I only have 160 plus postings on my site, about 5 years worth.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Monday, February 15, 2016  

  • Surrendering to Facebook just turns my stomach. Ω.

    By Blogger Bryan Daum, at Wednesday, February 17, 2016  

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