All this moving computer, has meant a lot of sorting and going through old files. This morning I found a folder entitled Y360. That meant Yahoo 360º — my first blogging platform.
When they shut it down, they [Yahoo] produced some kind of export tool. I don’t remember all the details of it now, but I didn’t get it to work, or I wanted to make sure I had it saved. Hence, I’d saved every page as full HTML pages, not just text files. It looks like when you’re using the Time Machine.
In any event, as I came by this folder now, I went back to see when I started it. Turns out it was July 21, 2005. Ten years, almost to the day!
At that time I still didn’t know anything about Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, but it wouldn’t be long before I found out. I’d just realized I could format my post with HTML, and I was excited about that. They had all kinds of frames, tables, colours … you name it. «Just because I could», I guess.
A little later I got a bootlegged copy of Paint Shop Pro from a woman in San Diego, and then things went really crazy. There were graphics and flowery backgrounds everywhere. Normally, that isn’t my style at all — it was all for the same reason as above: ‘because I could’. In Flickr I have an album called “Backgrounds”. It has 1,500+ seamless tiles in it!!!
Anyway, it’s a great memory and I’m glad I stored all those HTML pages! Y360º meant a lot … it was more of a community than a blog — we were all new to this medium and had a lot of fun! I met people I’d never have met otherwise. Three of them are here in my WordPress circle [@suznok @nylabluesmum @daydreamer2012].
I’ll never understand why Yahoo shut this down. They had a really good thing going for them, in a time when everything else [except Mail and Flickr] was going downhill fast. There are oodles of business decisions like that I don’t understand … Why Twitter bought Posterous and shut it down, for example?! I can’t see that Posterous would be any kind of ‘threat’ to Twitter? Facebook bought FriendFeed … but that I can perhaps understand a little better … they probably wanted the knowledge. I miss FriendFeed.