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Pioneering sites closed on day of Apple event

I saw a tweet suggesting that Monday would probably be a good day to bury bad news in the tech world, as most of the world’s press and coverage would be devoted to Apple, the Apple Watch and the new MacBook.

Turns out that two pioneering internet services did indeed share some bad news. The first is that Friendfeed is closing, a little over five years after it was acquired by Facebook. The small and declining size of the community is given as the reason, which makes sense as since joining Facebook in 2009, Friendfeed has been maintained, but no more.

It’s a shame to lose an alternative social network which certainly had some traction back when it launched in October 2007 – the fact that it quickly and easily aggregated content published on a huge variety of other sites made it an interesting microblogging alternative to Twitter. And whenever the latter service went down, a flood of users would jump on it as a backup.

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There’s no word about any data export, and given that it’s shutting on April 9th, and the relatively small user community that’s left… The official blog announcement is here, and Google’s Louis Gray has a nice post on the closure.

In the comment on his blog, Claudio Cicali has linked to code on Github to export from Friendfeed – I haven’t used it so can’t vouch for it, but other commenters seem to be having success. It’s at https://github.com/claudioc/ffexp.

Then at the same time:

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One of the first Tech blogs I read, subscribed to via RSS and followed regularly has closed the doors for the time being. It was announced with a brief update on GigaOm, a brief statement by founder and now VC Om Malik, and coverage on a variety of competing tech blogs, such as The Verge.

While Friendfeed launched in 2007, it was back in the summer of 2006 that Om Malik left his job to work on GigaOm full time and grew rapidly. In 2012 it also acquired paidContent and merged it into the site – reporting an audience of around 5.5 million users per month at the time. It launched events, and notably a paid research arm. And maintained a number of great writers, including the widely read Mathew Ingram.

Now GigaOm might not be gone for good. The assets are now controlled by the company’s lenders, and had raised $8 million in new funding just one year ago, with a figure of around 70 employees at the time. Whatever happens, it’s a sad day for tech media, as one of the biggest hasn’t been able to continue to make it work.

‘All operations have ceased. We do not know at this time what the lenders intend to do with the assets or if there will be any future operations using those assets. The company does not currently intend to file bankruptcy’

 

 

 

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