Opera shuts down community site, says find a better home

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.

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".

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