Xanga 2.0: 1st Year Full Review: The “Anti-Social” Network

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About a year ago, Xanga Inc, shut down “Xanga 1.0” and launched “Xanga 2.0” on a “WordPress” platform, which was billed as a bold new upgrade to its aging predecessor. The new version has a pay-wall so users have to pay $48 a year for the privilege of blogging.

The initial launch of “2.0” was anything but smooth with many people not even aware Xanga 1.0 was shutting down- due to Xanga not sending a global email or creating a global splash page informing users of what was being planned. My two initial reviews on this transition can be seen here: (1) Preliminary Review, 2) Review). The prevailing hope of all those optimistic about Xanga’s “upgrade” back then was that things would improve over time and they would soon have their own comfortable and familiar Xanga back.

Well, a year has come and gone and unfortunately the poor quality of the site has barely improved, if at all. Users who have paid $48 to blog have had to deal with a system that operates far below the replaced Classic Xanga and even free WordPress. In addition, users also can’t communicate to any other blogging networks outside the Xangaverse environment and now see their subscriptions times nearing expiration, forcing them to pay up once more to continue operating in this deeply subpar environment.

The “Xanga 2.0 is Now a Reality” banner is turning out to be more of a “Mission Accomplished” moment instead.

 

To bring everyone up to speed or refresh one’s memory to how we got to this point, the timeline of events is as follows:

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May 30, 2013 – The Xanga Team posts a message on their blog announcing that they are contemplating either shutting down Xanga in July, or porting it over to a more modern WordPress platform “if” users would be willing to contribute a total of $60K before the July deadline.

This created a big stir from all those who got the message. The problem is the message was just posted on their blog, so users who don’t visit the front page to look for a small section that had Xanga Team updates never got the word, which included Xangans in “Hong Kong” who don’t have a Xanga Team update section. This meant the vast majority of folks had no idea Xango 1.0’s days were numbered.

The pressure of just having a six week deadline for the community to raise the funds felt more like a gun to everyone’s head to either pay up or have their online blogs wiped out. Folks wondered why there was this sudden move to urgency rather than getting an earlier message from Xanga to allow more time to respond.

Their fundraiser message included the following:

“Through July 15th: We will contact our registered members to let them know about the fundraiser, and also allow any and all users to download their blogs and media files for free.”

This NEVER happened. I don’t know of any user who received any email notice of Xanga’s impending shutdown or fundraising efforts. You have to ask yourself why wouldn’t they notify everyone? It could have been done with just a simple startup splash page when the user logged on. You would think that they would want to reach as many current and former users as possible for their pledge drive. This was just the beginning of many questionable moves by “Team Xanga”.

After this bombshell of an announcement, and the pledge drive/deadline being only six weeks long, “Team Xanga” went into a media blackout with no new updates for over two weeks, leaving that to a volunteer not employed by Xanga, EdLives. This is followed shortly by a newly created hashtag, #wearexanga to promote the pledge drive.

Why would a firm in crisis seeking pledges from their community under a tight deadline not assign some PR type of person to communicate other than a non company volunteer? Answer: they clearly either do not understand how to run a business or they don’t care enough about the community to address their concerns in a timely manner.

Can you imagine if this were attempted in professional circles? Picture this: “CNBC reports that Xcorp has no one available to answer questions about their announced crisis, but someone not employed with the company is willing to try and field questions or pass them onto Xcorp staff”. Can you imagine how much negative backlash that would generate?

During this time non Xanga employee Edlives  promotes the pledge drive on a daily basis and extolls the virtues of what “Xanga 2.0” would have over the current free blogging sites as told to him by “Team Xanga”.  He also arrives at the conclusion and begins “preaching” that ad-revenue based websites are not viable for long term survival, trying to justify Xanga’s switch to a pay-only website.

I can tell you without any doubt or reservation that his conclusion is just WRONG. He used failed websites and the poor ad revenue state of “Xanga 1.0” to support his case, but glossed over successful ad-based revenue websites like Google, YouTube, WordPress, and Facebook to name a few. He even stated that Facebook was on the decline phase of its corporate life cycle. At the time he wrote that, Facebook stock was in the low $20’s. Now a year later Facebook’s stock value is in the mid $70’s and etching out all time highs. Assuming he is also reflecting on opinions given to him from “Team Xanga”, it suggests they are unwilling or unable to address the true problems of their business weakness and in turn, just assign the fault to an outside force rather than their own actions. This is a key reason many businesses fail – refusing to accept blame and take action to improve.

Xanga was given a gift in having a “volunteer” being such a cheerleader for their new product as it gives them legal protection since he’s not employed with the company if all his glowing expectations of the new Xanga fail to pan out.

Despite the more realistic and negative warnings about Xanga’s pay-wall business plan by myself and others like former Xanga bloggers Cagey and CoolMonkey, he always had a positive counter to them. Unfortunately, enough people were convinced to support the plan rather than try to get “Team Xanga” to change course at a time when potential pledge payers had the most leverage.

June 17th, 2013 – “Team Xanga” CEO John Hiler finally reappears for an official update. The excuse for the delay in updating was “personal issues”, which brings up the question- aren’t there other employees who could have provided updates? After all, Xanga isn’t a one person operation, but from the lack of response you might think it was a “no man” operation.

It includes a Q&A segment – here’s an example:

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How are you going to reach other members?

It’s going to be tough to reach a lot of our members from earlier years, since in most cases we don’t have their latest email address. So in addition to press outreach, we’re also working on a marketing campaign that will help us virally send out the word on what’s going on!  More on that soon.

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Does anyone know what that “viral” marketing campaign was? I for one didn’t see it nor did anyone else I’ve spoken with.

 

June 30th, 2013– Xanga CEO John appears on Blogtalkradio. During the radio show he mentions that all current and former premium user’s blogs would be transferred over and was researching to see if all “TRUE” user blogs could be transferred over as well.

Portion of transcript of conversation:

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Alex: Clarify which accounts are automatically transferred.

John: Focusing on bringing over all Premium members. Also going to [bring] over all accounts that have been Premium at one time. It will be a lot of work to transfer accounts over. All user accounts will be transferred even if blog doesn’t transfer. Users can still log in, read their subs and comment.

Alex: What about the True members?

John: We can look into whether we can support that. It’s a question of numbers; how many we can transfer over. We want to move over as many as possible.

Alex: There may be people who decide they want to continue on xanga after July 15. Will they have lost all their entries or will their old blog still be somewhere?

John: Have they ever been a Premium member? First we’re going to move over the current Premium members. Then we’ll move over those who have been Premium in the past. Then we’ll get as many transferred as possible.Others can download their archives in the XML format and transfer them.

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This turned out to be FALSE – with the only blogs transferred being current premium members and folks paying the $48 ransom fee. There was never an explanation or apology for the change of plans.

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July 8, 2013 – With just one week left before the pledge drive deadline, “Team Xanga” finally issues another update to answer some of the questions all the community members have. The update mentions the importance of the “Xanga community”:

Whenever anyone asks me what Xanga is all about, I always answer: “blog community.” To me, that’s what makes the site fun: you can blog, and there’s a community of people generally excited to read your posts (and vice versa).

I know a lot of people who have tried other blogging platforms, and they’ll often say that they feel they’re publishing into a vacuum… and that nobody is reading their blogs. We’re working to keep that warm community feeling on Xanga…”

You will see the utter IRONY of that statement as we continue…

The July 15th deadline is extended to the end of the month.

 

July 9th – July 30th – Another data blackout with “Team Xanga” keeping users in the dark about its fate as the deadline clock winds down. Not one update during this time and the pledge drive amount received at that time is far from the $60K goal. Things look pretty grim. Most Xanga users move on to other sites.

 

July 31, 2013 – On the last day of the pledge drive, a new update is finally posted from “Team Xanga”.  John the Xanga CEO announces he is making a contribution of $10K, effectively lowering the pledge goal to $50K. The pledge drive deadline is also extended, again, to end of August.

With about $48K in pledges at the time, it’s pretty much a done deal that reaching $50K by Aug 31 won’t be a problem- ensuring “Xanga 2.0” will launch.

Question: Would a company that really cared about their community/customers let them twist in the wind and worry about their future right until the deadline date when they had to know earlier about extending the deadline as well as reducing the pledge amount needed?

Aug 1, 2013$50k goal reached.

Aug 29, 2013 – Xanga makes a surprise announcement that this will be the last day of “Xanga 1.0” and will be shutting down around midnight EST for the transition to “Xanga 2.0”.

Sept 3rd, 2013 – Xanga 2.0 is launched

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So here we are a year later – so let’s see what the current state is since my unofficial update last November:

1)  Still no front “Community Page” that old Xanga 1.0 had.

2) No easy way to find current users or new blogs.

These two problems alone have effectively DESTROYED the Xanga community as we knew it.

What was that they were saying about the “Xanga community” being so important again? :/ What a joke that turned out to be.

3) “Team Xanga” continues to ignore the community.

Xanga’s splash page has not been “Xanga Team” updated since Sept 2013- a YEAR ago. It still states they are “starting Xanga 2.0” at midnight. :/

Ditto for Xanga’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

No updates closing in on a year and counting? Is this the action of a company that truly cares about the community they asked to donate money?

Is this their version of “warm community feeling?” It’s like they collected their money and then gave those who donated half a peace sign. The level of community disregard and disrespect is absolutely amazing.

4) Functionality remains far below “free” WordPress and other blogging sites

Here are “Team Xanga’s” words:

Here are some of the new features we’d be able to offer out of the box:

* Custom themes – you’ll be able to use custom themes we’ll pull from around the web, as well as add/edit CSS.
* Plugins – We will provide a library of powerful plugins that you can activate and configure on your site.
* Group blogging – At long last, you’ll be able to allow others to blog on your site… and share moderation rights on your blog.
* Threaded comments – We’ll look into threaded comments, which would allow readers to reply to comments in a threaded manner
* Better spam controls – Every user would have their own spam queue that they could configure and manage.
* Moderation features – You would be able to put keywords, IPs and usernames into moderation on your blog.

I crossed out the features that were not only MIA “out of the box”, but are STILL absent today.

The best way to describe “current” Xanga is like an “alpha” version of WordPress that lacks all the modern features and makes “Xanga 1.0” functionality look like state of the art blogging.

 

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5) Xanga is still “landlocked” with being unable to see or leave messages on other blogs outside of Xanga including “free” WordPress– leaving folks trapped in a fishbowl that has gotten considerably smaller.

Even worse, there are no search options of any kind so good luck finding other users.

6) Net traffic volume is in the basement

Most people blog to have their posts be seen by others on the web – the more the better. Xanga’s “1.0” net traffic wasn’t that great, but in “2.0”, it’s abysmal:

Healthy Net Traffic of “Free” WordPress  Over a Year:

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Monthly unique user traffic is averaging around 34 million…giving the site a ranking of being in the top “31”.

 

Here’s the Net Traffic of $48/mo Xanga Over a Year:

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Xanga’s monthly unique user traffic dropped from over 200k in “1.0” to under 40K now, giving it a ranking of “50,607”.

You sure wouldn’t blog on Xanga to be “discovered”, although it might be good for a witness protection program.

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5) For the “privilege” of working in this ultra degraded environment, “Team Xanga” is still treating this as a working service worth paying for and running the clock on everyone’s subscriptions.

When I requested subscriptions be extended until the site is fully functional, I was politely told to send in $48 and directed to a paypal site for renewal. They feel their current level of service is worth charging $48/yr for.

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7) No respect or consideration of any kind for their most loyal customers

Those who remained on Xanga through the years and didn’t jump ship to the newer platforms like Facebook got the shaft as their reward.

Their most loyal and active base of community, the TRUE users, were just cast off like garbage. The real sad part is how many of these users went to great lengths to help raise funds for the pledge drive- some even buying multiple year memberships, only to be forgotten and ignored once the monies were collected.

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So much for any significance or appreciation of the badge of loyalty……

Here we see yet another ENORMOUS mistake – getting rid of all their built in beta alpha testers.

As subscriptions expire, why on earth would anyone be motivated to renew in Xanga’s current abysmal state, and who would be encouraged to join when they can get far better service from free blogging sites? Free WordPress is worlds better than “WordPress powered” $48/yr Xanga. So the active bloggers list on Xanga shrinks even more.

The end result is blogging content on Xanga will decrease further, making it even more boring and unattractive to current and potential users. For being one of the senior blogging companies, Xanga is forgetting the prime reason why free blogging started in the first place. Blogs represent content, which attracts more people. Xanga now thinks that people want to blog on a site that has minimum user blogging content. Yeah, this will be as popular as folks wanting to go to an empty night club.

 

There seems to be just one person who remains strongly optimistic about Xanga- its number one “volunteer/cheerleader” Edlives. Ed still maintains that the site is just in “transition” and will be eventually improving, even though a YEAR has passed with no significant updates. That’s a heck of a transition timeframe- especially when folks are being charged during this period.

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The actual pledge drive site to “Save Xanga” has been taken down, but as we know, nothing on the internet is truly erased- here’s a final archived snaphot: Xanga Crowdhoster

They raked in over $68K to charge folks $48/yr for a site that is far inferior to free blogging sites. Nice.

 

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Something is missing on that final Crowdhoster snapshot – the section for all the “Under $48” donors- but not to worry – there’s an older snapshot that has it. Here’s what it says:

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So everyone who contributed $1 and up should have been on a “Thank You” post created by “Team Xanga”. This also NEVER HAPPENED – just another broken promise.

Feel Cheated

Surprisingly, quite a few folks who have paid $48+ to blog continue to be good natured and patient about the persistent state of non functionality that resembles NOTHING like the beloved Xanga of old, classic “Xanga 1.0”.

But for the majority of paid users as well as former “free” community members, we know a hot mess when we see it. Compared to “Xanga 1.0”, “Xanga 2.0” is the XANGAPOCALYPSE.

This is the standard reaction when someone from “Xanga 1.0” checks out “Xanga 2.0”:

 

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43 thoughts on “Xanga 2.0: 1st Year Full Review: The “Anti-Social” Network

  1. I was very skeptical of the Xanga 2.0 and never paid up, but a part of me hoped I would be wrong because I really liked the Xanga community. This is a text book case how to destroy a brand. I am actually sad. And I wonder when Xanga will shut down permanently because after the year is now up, people would have to pay again, right. The whole situation/demise of Xanga really made people just blog less.

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  2. I am surprised that Xanga isn’t shut down yet. But I still don’t give it very long. The owners should be ashamed of what they did. How long could that 50 thousand last them, exactly? I miss the old days… it’s sad.

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    • Exactly my thought. I would have expected them to be offline by now or start another “cry wolf”
      campaign. Or maybe they collected funds for multiple years without telling anyone.

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  3. The money thing was a way to get rich while cutting their losses. Which… I’m stunned. I blogged there from Bianca thru to the very end. I’m still gaping at what they did to a perfectly viable forum. It makes no sense… outside of greed and apathy.

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    • It’s a real pity. I was hoping that, when everyone’s subscriptions ran out, that no one would notice and we could just keep on blogging. I was wrong, of course. I see that a few of the Santana who didn’t move are now visiting WordPress from time to time. Some are afraid to change. It’s too bad because it’s so irritating to navigate New Xanga, that I never go there anymore.
      Gee, thanks for reminding me of how disappointed I am! 😉

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      • I am truly both amazed and galled that they would consider this ultra degraded time as a “value” worth charging subscription time for- and with ZERO updates to their customers to boot!

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  4. there is actually a rather sad discussion on this very subject on the facebook Xanga community page. people are unhappy. but… it’s not like they weren’t warned right? I mean it was so utterly predictable. I do wonder still, as I did then, if there isn’t a legal case that could be had.

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    • To be honest, while I was very skeptical of their conversion plans, I would have never had believed they would try to present such a horrible WP port as a chargeable service. The worst I was thinking it could be is a version identical to free WP.

      I’m sure all the “believers” were thoroughly duped and the resulting mess must be pretty soul crushing. Their egregious attitude/behavior makes me regret making a small donation a year ago for old times sake.

      Legally, as long as they don’t shut down their site, they are likely safe- as they never gave a timeline of when they would have a “finished” product.

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  5. Interesting to hear what became of them. If I recall correctly, you did actually start to show support towards the end, right as they were going to do the 2.0 upgrade. I remember expecting that sudden optimism from you despite the previously shown skepticism. Personally, I’m not surprised it ended up this way; thought there was too much risk involved to make a sound investment. Thanks for the update. Feel better soon.

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    • You recall most incorrectly. =) Without a doubt, I posed no optimism of any kind towards 2.0. At best, I said John’s words as CEO during his interview made me curious if they could be successful – but even then I clearly stated I had no plans of paying to blog on Xanga. The most positive thing I said was I hoped that John would have the wisdom to end the pay wall and return to a free service when it finally became apparent charging for subs wouldn’t work- which I stated all along.

      Their only hope in hades of having a chance of success with a pay-wall was to offer a service with the same or better community feel like old Xanga but with all the modern bells and whistles. Too bad they did just the opposite.

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  6. Believe it or not, as subscriptions expire, some folks are actually renewing and shelling out more dinero to blog on a service that operates far below what is free- go figure….

    My guess is Xanga will still stick around and not mysteriously “vanish” as that would most likely put them in legal hot water. There are so few users now based on net traffic, they require far less server space and might even be operating from a house at this point.

    Since they never gave a timeline for implementing all their “proposed upgrades”, they could stay in this state for years without it costing them too much, especially with the amount they received from their pledge drive.

    Still, based on what was promised versus the reality and lack of company updates certainly looks like they are fair game for litigation for any of the heartbroken “believers” who paid up to blog. It also makes you wonder if their “volunteer spokesperson” has any legal liability for his actions in promoting them as well.

    I have to say though Xanga may not have good business sense when it comes to attracting or satisfying customers, but when it comes to a serious lack of ethics and utter disregard for their constituents, the worst of Wall Street has nothing on these guys. Wall Street Banks should be taking notes…

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  7. I read this quickly, scanning parts, but sadly it is obviously full of truth. The Xangateam and John ignores everyone. The front page has never changed. I have a few people who stop in and read me but I’ve pretty much drifted away. I’m not 100% happy with WP either. At least Xanga sign in lock appears to work. I seldom blog at either place. Oh, and I’m not sure if it’s true but I head EdLives was a friend of John’s. I don’t know. I really miss Xanga 1.0 and all of it’s features and community. peace always

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  8. As a loyal Xanga user, I wanted to feel at least a little bit hopeful. I waited around for a few weeks if they to see if their offers were more than just a way of buying time and getting people’s money. Eventually, I decided to switch over to WordPress, which is still confusing for me. But at least it gives the service it promises. I do miss the old Xanga, though. Such wasted potential.

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  9. Ugh, I’m just reading this now. To be honest, before your post, I had not even attempted to log-on to Xanga 2.0 since my blogging has all moved to A Bookish Affair but I have a lot of fond memories of Xanga and would have loved 2.0 to take off. The whole thing seemed really fishy to me (and the way that you laid everything out that happened over the past year makes it seem like someone just wanted a get out of jail free card really). Sighhhhhh….

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  10. August 26th of last year I blogged about how they were shutting down at the end of the month and about how non premium members would from then on be able to read only and not post. For me it wasn’t a surprise, as I’d been following the Xanga main page/blog quite closely at the end.
    I really don’t know how they couldn’t have researched a little better on how to make wordpress work for a community.
    I blog at PsychCentral – they give wordpress blogs to community members, we are all tied together from a main page and community based etc. It doesn’t have the features of wordpress.com but its heads and shoulders above what Xanga has become.. so yes indeed it CAN work if the effort is put in.
    I was asked by the person who maintains the FB Xanga page if i wanted to help maintain the page last year, we discussed how as mentioned, Xanga was really going to have to be a community led site. Well this could have worked if the community was given some direction.
    (here’s an example of their wordpress based site: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/ )
    So yeah I kinda had some hope but regardless…
    Why do sites keep doing this? MySpace had ugly personal pages — just like some of teh scary html in xanga – but they were OUR pages. rather than just share some senseless memes and misinformation like on FB, we could make our site OURS.. Our page, our gallery, our little bits here and there that helped show who we were or who we felt we wanted to be.
    FB came along.. this stark, blue and white, non customizable, newsfeed pushing bullshit and people FLOCKED there. They complained all the way ‘dammit, everyones leaving MySpace/LiveJournal and so i guess i’ll go too’ — at least in the beginning, people were still posting notes/blogs on FB etc but now its just sickening.
    Xanga was one of the last places that allowed us to post privately, create our own space, connect easily with others, and gave us the cute cheesy lil awards and badge thingies (god i cant even remember what they’re called anymore)
    What we have now is just.. pathetic.
    I BEG some company to take a chance on this kind of thing again. Make a REAL site.
    I use Blogster for a community feel and pop into/cross post dreamwidth to livejournal.. for all my silly little things. When i post on wordpress i always feel like i need something PROFESSIONAL to say— its not like an online journal anymore.. its like.. i dunno. im outta words. sorry for the ramble.

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    • “I really don’t know how they couldn’t have researched a little better on how to make wordpress work for a community.”

      This is a big problem as it certainly appears from their actions, or I should say the lack of, they couldn’t care less about how their non functioning site is the antithesis to community development, and they have the nerve to charge people for it.

      What makes what Xanga did so egregious, is that in the case of MySpace or other sites, they were free sites, so no one could really complain much about what the company did. If Xanga had just announced it was shutting down, while sad, that would have followed the norm. Instead, Xanga asked users to “save the community” by donating money for a “better site”, only to wind up delivering a woefully undeveloped product that is community starved- and appears to be abandoned since there have been ZERO company updates about progress.

      To be honest, I’m surprised users who have paid for subscriptions don’t challenge Xanga with threatened court action for a failure to deliver services that have been paid for.

      The best thing Xanga could do is take their old software and make it opensource, so other folks could take up the baton and recreate the community magic.

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    • My remaining and loyal friends/subscribers followed me to Blogster last June because I posted a Xanga 1.0 blog about the site just before the shut down. I’m actually kicking myself now. Blogster’s still a free weblog community, however the atmosphere is just toxic. My Xangan friends/subscribers hardly blog anymore. It’s pointless, if you’re not a drama king, queen, or political and religious blowhard.

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      • Are you still posting at blogster? I post here at wordpress, tumbrl, blogger and livejournal. I gave up on blogster. I make one post and cross post it everywhere and maybe one day based on reads/responses/interaction I will make just ONE choice. lol.
        Oh – I also use Ghost and self host (http://inthewind.ca) – but it’s not the same ‘group interaction’ mindset.

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  11. Have some patience friend. The transition to Xanga 2.0 is a major undertaking that’s being done in a phased approach. An initiative of this magnitude can easily be expected to take 5, 10, or even 20 years. Sit tight. Trust me, it will be worth it come Labor Day 2033 when Xanga 2.0 finally becomes fully functional!

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    • Now that kind of attitude will qualify you to take on the highly coveted role of “Unofficial Xanga Spokesperson”!

      The “current” unofficial spokesperson let me know I should be a little less harsh as I don’t have all the info behind the current situation. After all, it’s only been a year…

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      • To be fair, we all should have known better and saw this coming. We definitely should have suspected something was fishy when they kept extending the deadline until “John” finally came in at the last minute to throw in the remaining amount (thus eliminating the obligation to refund the pledges). I just feel bad for the suckers who purchased multi-year or multiple subscriptions. As for Joel, well I guess he’s just a blissfully naive optimist, bless his heart. In way I understand it. Xanga was a great blogging community and meant a lot to many people and it’s hard to let it go. But it’s already gone.

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  12. So-called “John” has made his first (and likely only) post of 2014:

    http://thexangateam.xanga.com/2014/10/01/update/

    After bragging about how much progress the Team has made, he explains how they’ve been busy fighting off password attacks over the last year and thus have not had the opportunity to comunicate with the community as much as they would have liked. In an effort to remedy that, he has officially appointed Joel of Edlives to serve as community liaison. Oh, and as a special thank you to the three people who stayed with Xanga through the last year, they’ll extend your subscription for another six months at no charge if you email someone named “Eugenia” and beseech her generosity.

    I’m not a hobo. I ain’t gonna beg for another six months. If they were serious about keeping Xanga going they would not have been silent for a year leading everyone to bail. At this point most everybody is already gone and there’s slim chance they can be lured back even if they actually get Xanga 2.0 off the ground (I really don’t believe they have any intention of doing that but maybe I’m just being a negative Nelly).

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    • Looks like they finally issued yet another update. Unfortunately it’s more of the same “bots and denial of service attack” issues with nada on what everyone was asking about regarding community feature upgrades, as in incorporating them in the first place. Took them about two months for this “new” bit of information.

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  13. Liking livejournal more and more these days. WordPress just feels so — I dunno, I’ve always used it for ‘professional journalism’ . I don’t feel as comfy as being really open on wordpress. gah… ffs Xanga! wth!!!

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      • They’ve been busy fighting offf something-or-other attacks and haven’t been able to comunicate with their loyal paying customers as much as they’d like. To paraphrase a recent EdLives post, anyone can complain but are you willing to do the work? As with any paid subscription website, you can’t just pay the fee and expect to have s fully functional site. You have to pitch in and help them build the site. If you haven’t provided free labor on top of your subscription fee then you have no right to complain.

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        • It seems XangaCorp is attempting to apply some warped view of “Tom Sawyerism” to get people to believe getting a broken website up to speed is such a “deal” that one should be paying for the privilege to do so. Looking at some of the “happy/positive” responses on their site, some folks are apparently drinking the Kool-Aid.

          Perhaps the goal is to wait long enough until a group of software engineers agree to work on their code pro bono, allowing XangaCorp to just sit back and battle those nasty bots in peace. Nah, that doesn’t make any sense – the SW engineers couldn’t work for free, they would also have to PAY Xanga for the wonderful “opportunity”.

          It should be amusing to hear what the new “spin” from the top cheerleader will be when the six month “freebie” period expires with no noticeable change except the addition of some bot battle/server updates.

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        • Well, if XangaCorp actually answers the set of questions I presented with honesty, it should be clear to all if there is a clear definitive plan for progress or not. They never should have shut “1.0” down until they actually had a working “2.0” to serve as a replacement.

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  14. They didn’t extend any freebie period to me. I voiced, on both Joel’s and the Xanga Team’s blogs, that making their paying customers beg Eugenia for a half assed makegood was an insult and that a full year extension should be automatic for those of us who paid and got nothing in return . They apparently disagreed and I was turned off on 10/31.

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