Friday, September 3, 2010

And This Is Why I Use Meta-Posters

Today, I received the following in email.


Important service announcement:  Vox is closing September 30, 2010
Vox has been a fun place to explore, create and connect with your friends. But Vox is closing its doors on September 30, 2010.
This doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to your blog. We want you to make sure you can keep the great content you’ve shared on Vox, and continue to have a home for your blog. To help you make the transition off of Vox, we’ve added new export features that make it easy to move your blog to a free TypePad account, and your photos & videos to Flickr.
If you’re an active Vox member we encourage you to read the information below about what's happening during the month of September, and learn more about how you can migrate your content. There is more information at
What you need to know
  • Vox is no longer accepting new user registrations.  If you have an existing Vox account you can continue to sign in to manage your account and view posts from your neighborhood.
  • On Wednesday September 15th, you will no longer be able to create new posts on Vox or upload new photos or videos. You will still be able to sign in to view your blog and manage your account.
  • On Thursday September 30th, your blog will no longer be available at, and you will no longer be able to sign in to Vox.
Moving your blog, photos and videos from Vox
To help you make the transition off of Vox, we've made it easy for you to move your blog to TypePad and your photos and your videos to Flickr.
  • You can move your blog to TypePad, for free. We've developed a simple process to help you move your blog to TypePad. If you don't have a TypePad account, we'll step you through the process of creating one, help you create a free TypePad blog, and automatically import your Vox posts and photos into your new blog.  Learn how to move your Vox blog to TypePad at 
  • You can export your photos and videos to Flickr. If you used Vox primarily for sharing photos and videos, you may want to export those to Yahoo's popular photo sharing service Flickr. We've developed a simple process that will automatically move your photos and videos to Flickr, while maintaining your privacy settings on your photos. Learn how to export your Vox photos and videos to Flickr at
Additionally, the and Posterous services provide tools to help you import your Vox blog. Learn more about the import tools from and Posterous at
Thank you for your love and support of Vox over the years.
- Team Vox

I've been bitten by closures in the past (and been scared by other threats of closure). Usually the closures are done with warning, but, sometimes, things just go *poof!* in the night. Even when given a nice warning, such as the above, few places bothered to aid in the transition. If they made your data available to you, at all, they typically did so in a (basically) useless format - either an unstructured dump or in a fairly non-portable format. Thus, over the years, I've become gunshy of committing my thoughts - trivial though they may be - to just one site. I've turned to using meta-posters, such as Posterous, to automatically duplicate my "content" to multiple sites.

So, while it will be sad to see Vox go, I don't have to worry about its passing. All my posts to Vox are duplicated to multiple other sites. At worst, I will want to look for another destination to restore my posting backup/redundancy system. Fortunately, I also make most of my posts public, so, the various search engines are also (hopefully) finding and caching my stuff.

At the end of the day, I just don't want to be a victim of internet alzheimers or stroke. I'd call the passing of Vox Internet-stroke.

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