Blogging Friends

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I have been blogging for years now on different platforms. There have been a couple of sites that provided a great social component that allowed me to meet some great people. Some have come, some have gone but those who remain I consider to be great friends of mine. Eventhough I have only met a couple of them the rest I haven’t met personally I consider friends. We have things in common and we have our differences but I am glad to build on the good stuff we mutually enjoy. I thank everyone who I have met through blogging and social media for helping me expand my horizons and to understand them and the world in a different way. You have my love and appreciation.

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Multiply was a social networking service with an emphasis on allowing users to share media – such as photos, videos and blog entries – with their “real-world” network. The website was launched in March 2004 (via Multiply (website) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

I blogged at Multiply for a couple of years. While there I made friends from all over. The site was a great one stop shop for my media needs. However I wanted to use my own domain name, something they couldn’t do.

The closure of the social networking function saddens me. I spent much time there. RIP Multiply.

Changing Times Means Backing Up Your Blog

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I blogged for years at a site called Multiply. I enjoyed the experience and made some great friends there. That site recently announced they are ceasing social networking and blogging features on their site and moving towards developing a retail and shopping environment. Websites are making decisions that will allow them to stay open and that means making serious business decisions that effect millions of their users. Retail trumps social connections in this case. 

Whenever you blog on a site like Multiply, Tumblr, WordPress.com, Blogger its a good idea to back up your blog from time to time. Some sites offer tools to export your content and with other sites you might have to copy and paste to a document and save your pictures. You might be able to find software that would back up your blog from time to time.

If your blogging site offers you the ability to upload your pictures to a media locker like Multiply you will want to download that media and store it on another service like Picasa Web, Flickr or Snapfish. Storing those files on an a external hard drive will give another level of security. These are priceless memories that are hard if impossible to replace.

Paying for hosting and setting up your own blog will give you more control over your content. If your budget doesn’t allow it be sure you blog in a place that has a focus on blogging and social networking, check out other users and ask for opinions from experts.

As companies come and go it might mean you have to be more careful where you have your online home. Keep on blogging but back up your valuable digital content. This is a uncertain time online so be careful. 

Multiply social platform to be scrapped by December | BusinessWorld Online Edition

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SOCIAL NETWORKING site Multiply, Inc. will be scrapping its photo sharing and blogging offerings by December to pave the way for its complete shift into e-commerce platform, a notice posted on its Web site showed.

I have used Multiply as my online home at one time and made some great friendships there. It saddens me to see it go. A lesson from this is to be sure your most valuable pix, text and other media are backed up. As some companies come and go you will have to make several transitions to different services. Multiply is going the way of other services that have made the same decision.

Multiply social platform to be scrapped by December | BusinessWorld Online Edition