MyBlogLog

  • Yahoo To Shut Down MyBlogLog On May 24

    Yahoo To Shut Down MyBlogLog On May 24

    Yahoo will soon kill off MyBlogLog, the service it acquired from the eponymous company behind it back in early 2007. Here’s the message that was just emailed to all users (myself included): Read More

  • Raid The MiniBar: Meebo Gets Into The Site Check-In Game. But Don't Call It A Game.

    Raid The MiniBar: Meebo Gets Into The Site Check-In Game. But Don't Call It A Game.

    With the rise of Foursquare, the “check-in” has become fairly commonplace. With the launch of Places, Facebook will only make it more so. It shouldn’t be surprising that we’re seeing dozens of other startups spring up to do check-ins for FILL-IN-THE-BLANK. Media check-ins were a pretty obvious extension. But now we’re seeing a number of companies pop up that are… Read More

  • Zentact Wants to Turn You Into A Super-Connector (Invites)

    Zentact Wants to Turn You Into A Super-Connector (Invites)

    There is something about great sales people or deal makers that is entirely social. They are connectors, as Malcolm Gladwell calls them—people who know the interests, skills, and needs of everyone in their social or business circle and connects them together. If you are really good at this, like Sidney Weinberg (a legend who helped build Goldman Sachs), you are a… Read More

  • Twitter Plays Nice: XMPP Firehose Data Feed To Gnip

    Twitter Plays Nice: XMPP Firehose Data Feed To Gnip

    Twitter is living up to its promise to open up its data stream as much as possible to developers. While I was negotiating with Twitter cofounder Evan Williams to sit down and do a video interview at Foo Camp last weekend, Gnip founder Eric Marcoullier was hitting him up to give Gnip, and therefore everyone, Twitter’s XMPP “firehose.” Williams was obviously in a good mood… Read More

  • MyBlogLog Hits the Streets with Bluetooth-Based User Detection

    MyBlogLog Hits the Streets with Bluetooth-Based User Detection

    Following Michael’s post the other day about the future of social networking, we have heard of several more ways the mobile, location-aware nut is being cracked already. One of these is an “experiment” by MyBlogLog started at eTech and SXSW that leverages Bluetooth technology to discover the people around you. The Java-based service, previously named “Meetspace”… Read More

  • Disqus Picks Up A Half-Million Dollars From Fred Wilson And Angels

    Disqus Picks Up A Half-Million Dollars From Fred Wilson And Angels

    The blog commenting system Disqus picked up $500,000 in a series A by Union Square Ventures (Fred Wilson), Naval Ravikant, Howard Lindzon, Aydin Senkut. Union Square’s investment isn’t all too surprising considering how Fred Wilson has raved about the service. Including Wilson’s own blog, Disqus is currently used on over 4,000 blogs with nearly 60,000 commenters. The… Read More

  • MyBlogLog Founder To Launch New Startup Gnip With $1 Million In Funding

    MyBlogLog founder Eric Marcoullier sold his company to Yahoo in January 2007 for an estimated $10 million. He left Yahoo in July 2007. Eric is now preparing to launch a new startup, Gnip. Details are scarce for now – Marcoullier isn’t saying what the new startup will do other than a hint on the site itelf – “Web 2.0 Infrastructure,” and a message that the service… Read More

  • Yahoo's MyBlogLog Adds An Activity Stream Feature

    MyBlogLog, a blogger social network acquired by Yahoo about a year ago, launched v.2 of their service tonight, with a significant new feature. You can see the MyBlogLog widget in the right sidebar of this site – it shows pictures and names of recent visitors. The new feature is an activity stream of recent activities by all users on various social networks – blog posts, new… Read More

  • Are Blog Tracking Services A Security Risk? Citibank Thinks So

    Are Blog Tracking Services A Security Risk? Citibank Thinks So

    Blog tracking and commenting services such as the now Yahoo owned MyBlogLog continue to have fairly widespread usage, but using these services could pose a security risk, at least according to Citibank. Zoli Erdos uses both MyBlogLog and BlogRovr and got a rather interesting message whilst trying to log into Citibank: Could something you type into a secured site on Citibank end up on one of… Read More

  • Get Your Family Together At Sampa

    Get Your Family Together At Sampa

    When we covered the slate of companies helping people chronicle family stories and milestones, we left out a quiet but excellent Redmond, Washington startup called Sampa. They aren’t new, and we’ve covered them before. The reason we left them out is that we’ve had some difficulty in categorizing them. In many ways Sampa is a blog platform with a focus on privacy features… Read More

  • TechCrunch40: Jeff Clavier Launches $12 Million Venture Fund

    TechCrunch40: Jeff Clavier Launches $12 Million Venture Fund

    Angel investor and startup advisor Jeff Clavier (pictured with Digg founder Kevin Rose) just announced a new $12 million early stage venture fund today at the TechCrunch40 conference. The new fund will be called SoftTech VC II. Clavier, who has a degree in computer science, has been actively investing in startups over the last few years and has had notable successes such as Truveo (acquired by… Read More

  • Feedjit Customized Widget Shows Real Time SiteTraffic

    FEEDJIT Live traffic Map The Feedjit traffic widget launched a month ago and is now claiming some fairly serious viral growth – 3 million impressions per week from the blogs that have added it. When installed on a blog, the widget shows people who enter and leave the site and, and where they are located. Neither the blog publisher nor visitors need to register for the service –… Read More

  • MyBlogLog Gets Into Tagging

    MyBlogLog Gets Into Tagging

    MyBlogLog, a distributed social network which was acquired by Yahoo earlier this year, will launch a tagging feature later this evening that will allow users to add descriptive tags to the people and blogs (called “communities”) on the service. The new feature serves a number of purposes, founder Eric Marcoullier told me this evening. The main use will be to categorize topics… Read More

  • MyBlogLog Back On TechCrunch

    We’ve re-embedded MyBlogLog onto TechCrunch – we removed it a few months ago due to spam and reliability concerns. After repeated promises by founder Eric Marcoullier and Yahoo (which acquired the company) that the service was stable and spam was under control, we’ve decided to give it another try. I like the widget, which shows recent visitors to the site and builds out… Read More

  • Yahoo To Finally Upgrade MyBlogLog

    MyBlogLog, the ubiquitous blog widget that shows pictures of recent visitors to a site, was one of the “instant” success stories of 2006 – Yahoo acquired the company before most people even had a chance to hear about it. Like many blogs, we had the MyBlogLog widget on TechCrunch for months. We eventually removed it due to performance issues (it slowed down the site on a couple… Read More

  • MyBlogLog Bans Blogger; Backlash Begins

    MyBlogLog Bans Blogger; Backlash Begins

    Update (Arrington): MyBlogLog has responded, apologized and reinstated Shoemoney. Caterina Fake of Yahoo (MyBlogLog’s parent company) has written her thoughts as well. It’s time to move on – and Shoemoney should accept this apology. Yahoo!’s recent addition MyBlogLog is making news again — and not for another security exploit (that was last weekend) or spammer gaming. Read More

  • MyBlogLog Got Spammed (and so did we)

    Michael Jensen shows that it is quite easy to spam MyBlogLog (recently acquired by Yahoo), and he used TechCrunch as the guinea pig for his experiment. We, like many other blogs, display the MyBlogLog widget (right bottom sidebar), which shows recent visitors, along with their photo, to the site. All he did was create a new account with the advertising he wanted included as the image. He… Read More

  • Yahoo Buys MyBlogLog. No, They Didn't. Wait, Yes.

    Ok so it’s official and confirmed from Yahoo: They bought MyBlogLog. This was first rumored to be happening in November, but was never confirmed and we updated our post to reflect that. This morning the news broke again but was pulled immediately afterwards. Now it’s popped up again. Since I had no idea if it was going to stick this time, I called Bradley Horowitz, Yahoo’s… Read More

  • MyBlogLog adds MySpace support

    MyBlogLog adds MySpace support

    As 2006 closes in, my favorite web service of the year is MyBlogLog. Despite Yahoo! acquisition rumors a few weeks ago, the company is still privately-held. If I were in the web M&A business, they’d top my list along with music social networking service Last.fm. MyBlogLog has built the next generation social networking service. If Friendster/MySpace/etc are v1.0 of social… Read More

  • MyBlogLog to be Acquired by in Acquisition Discussions with Yahoo

    Update: One of Yahoo’s PR firms, OutkastPR, emailed us to say that this story is innacurate, and that Yahoo has not acquired MyBlogLog. We dug a little deeper with some insiders and it appears that Yahoo and MyBlogLog are in very early acquisistion discussions, and nothing more. Founder Scott Rafer was completely silent when asked about the rumors today – suggesting he… Read More