Yahoo 360 is a blog platform and a kind of social network from Yahoo that launched way back in 2005. But the service has never really taken off except in Vietnam, where they launched Yahoo 360 Plus. Yahoo announced that 360 will shutdown from July 13th of this year, earlier Yahoo announced the closer of the service in October 2007.
In October 2007 Yahoo said that Yahoo 360 will be migrated to more unified profiles and it will happen in early 2008, that didnâ€™t happen till now. Yesterday they sent emails to all 360 users that they are shutting down the service on July 13th and users have to move their data from 360 to profiles. If you have a updated blog on 360 you can export the blog content from http://download.360.yahoo.com/.
First it was Yahoo Mash and now Yahoo 360 is shutting down, and now they are saying that you move your information to Yahoo Profiles. I just donâ€™t get it how users will trust them this time, may be after an year or so they can say they want to shutdown Profiles and you move your data to some xyz yahoo property. In a blog post they say they want to improve user experience and blah blah shit, which doesnâ€™t make any sense.
First you shut down Mash, now you shut down 360â€”why should I give profiles a shot?
We understand you might have doubtsâ€”in the past few years, youâ€™ve seen a couple of social sites come and go, and it means a lot to us that youâ€™ve stuck around while weâ€™ve tweaked each experience. Know that weâ€™re committed to having a universal profile across Yahoo!, and weâ€™re committed to working with you to improve and evolve this profile to make sure itâ€™s what YOU want to use. That doesnâ€™t mean we can implement every piece of feedback you provide, but it does mean weâ€™re listening, and we are going to do our best to make sure your interests are incorporated into future releases and versions of your profile.
If you ask me I am not going to move my data to Yahoo profiles, Profiles itself a useless product which is just not required anyway. Why anyone wants to move their data every time from one Yahoo service to other at Yahooâ€™s will.
Below is the email sent to Yahoo 360 users.
Dear Yahoo! 360Â° customer,
To read this in Vietnamese, please use the link at the bottom of the message.
We will be officially closing Yahoo! 360Â° on July 13, 2009, to focus our efforts on making your new profile on Yahoo! the place where you connect with the people who matter to you most. As a result, you will need to move your 360Â° information to your new profile before this date. After July 12, 2009, your content on Yahoo! 360Â° will no longer be accessible. Here are some details to guide you through this transition.
What you need to move to your new profile
Your 360Â° information will not be automatically transferred to your new profile on Yahoo!. To move your profile photo, nickname, and any personal status messages, you’ll need to first save or download them before July 13, 2009. Once you’ve saved this information, you can later upload it to your new profile. Be sure to head over to your new profile soon so you can make it look just the way you want.
What to do with your blog
Be sure to take your blog with you as part of this transition process. To help, we’ve built a blogging tool for you in your new profile on Yahoo!. We’ve made the move easy; it takes just one click to take your posts with you. If you’d prefer to take your blog to a different website instead, you can download an archive of your posts and transfer them to your new blog space. Click here to read more about your blogging options.
Some content will not be supported in your new profile
Please note that your new profile will not allow mature content. Also, you will not be able to take the following with you to your new profile: your 360Â° inbox, testimonials, friend categories, local reviews, RSS feeds, tags, or custom theme. If you want to retain any of this material, we strongly recommend that you return to your pages and download it before July 13, 2009.
Your privacy settings are retained
Your privacy is important to us. Both your new profile and your blog contents will be set to "private". This means unless you change the setting, you will be the only one able to see your profile.
To help you through this transition, we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions and resources here.
Thank you for using Yahoo! 360Â°. We look forward to seeing you in your new profile on Yahoo!.
The Yahoo! Profile Team