Opera shuts down community site, says find a better home

Opera shuts down community site, says find a better home

Summary: Opera's side project of creating a social/blogging community in the face of competition from Facebook and WordPress has come to an abrupt close, with the company telling users they should go to these services instead.

TOPICS: Browser, Open Source

Opera has made the decision to shut down its community site My Opera, stating that better replacement services are now available.

"We believe your content could have a better home elsewhere, so we have made the decision to shut down My Opera as of March 1, 2014," the company wrote on its blog.

The company has created two tools to help users migrate their blogs and content to WordPress, Squarespace, Typepad, Moveable Type, Drupal, and other blog platforms.

Customers with email accounts will also be left to find a new provider, although they will be able to forward emails to their new inbox.

Opera will also be moving its forums away from the My.Opera.com domain.

My Opera began in 2001 as a support forum, and expanded in 2006 as a side project for users to blog, share photos, and add friends. Opera totes this little project as necessary, because "at that time, there were no good services for what we wanted [and subsequently] decided to build it ourselves". This is despite WordPress first being released as a fork of the b2 blogging software in 2003. Facebook by comparison had at this time begun introducing its News Feed feature, had an estimated US$52 million in revenue, and was seventh on Alexa's ranking of global web traffic.

The company has seen some backlash in recent times, after it decided to ditch the heart of its browser, the Presto rendering engine, and transplant WebKit in its place. Google's Blink engine subsequently replaced it in turn. Opera also saw itself sell FastMail back to its original staff due to a "change of strategic direction".

Topics: Browser, Open Source

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  • Companies need to make $$$$ to survive

    If a product is not generating any revenue, it will eventually be cancelled.

    People complain when a FREE service is discontinued, but also complain when companies try to monetize it by adding ads or other means. Many, like Facebook and Google can give away services for free ... because the service is NOT THE PRODUCT, the product is the private data they collect from the user and sell to the highest bidder.
    • Choose your Evil

      1. Get the funding from the users.
      2. Get the funding selling data about the users.
      3. Get the funding for a solution from those that cause the problem.
      3. Get the government to provide the funding.

      Absolutely nothing is free, even the air you breath.
  • Opera has lost it's need to exist

    When they gave up their own engine, there is no reason to use Opera any longer.