For all the former Xanga folks and “Raiders of The Lost Ark” types who like to explore past historical relics….
It occurred to me that Xanga should now qualify as one of the modern relics of the past.
It’s been six years since they “modernized” Xanga with their “2.0” version, but it’s been in a state of only partial completion since then.
It should be clear to even to most ardent remaining promoters/defenders “cough…Ed Lives…cough”, that a full working operational system looks less likely with each passing YEAR of no updates/signs of change.
My last review was in 2017 which I stopped doing since nothing was changing.
Here’s where it stands today:
- www.xanga.com – no updates for years.
- Xanga Twitter – No updates since Oct 2018. Ironically, the last post was “Bye Google+”
- Xanga Facebook – No updates since October 2018. More irony- the last pinned post leads off with “Xanga is not dead”.
- Ed Lives : The “official liaison” for Xanga – Just one post in April 2018 stating “no news from Xanga”. No more posts until May of 2019, where he states he is waiting to hear from John (Xanga CEO). Last notable Xanga related post was September 17 2019. Contains what sounds like a defense for the “pay to blog” switchover and ends with “We wait for Xanga”. Well, at least he’s no longer saying “We’re in transition…” 🙂
- The site has been closed to new members since “Xanga 1.0” shut down in 2013.
Here is what I don’t think Ed comprehends:
- After six years, the community formerly known as “Xanga” is long gone. Sure there are a remnant of few folks who may still pay to blog on the site, but the “community” is gone. It makes no more sense to say “Xanga community is still here” as it does to say Ancient Rome is still active.
- Member only pay blogs are DOOMED to failure. Why? Because people are drawn to “new content” written by others. A pay wall greatly limits new content since far less people participate. The next problem is lack of audience response/participation. This results in the few bloggers that are there losing interest and blogging less, resulting in even less content. This is a downward spiral of decreasing business.
- Combine a paywall with substandard service, and that just makes a bad situation even worse. Xanga members have no way to search for active members or latest posts. There is no way to post messages outside the paywall to other social media sites or even other WordPress sites. You are trapped in a separate world where the only people that are going to see your posts are the few folks that remain in the system that are already known to you.
- The final nail in the coffin is a lock out of new members which ensures an inexorable decline in participation.
At this point Xanga has more in common with a “Ruins” site:
- You can visit the site and it is clearly in a degraded/non updated state- check.
- Formerly a large community now just hosting a remnant trickle of folks- check.
- Can view the sites features of blogs where the vast majority are no longer active- check.
- To find things you really have to do some digging around- check.
Doesn’t that sound like visiting an ancient ruins site?
At this point maybe they should just market it as a historical social blogging museum…