After several years (since late 2006) of service, Six Apart (the peeps behind the Movable Type blogging platform software and the TypePad blog hosting) is finally closing its doors to VOX blogging community on 9/30. There’s nothing else I could do or say about the news except feel a little bit of sadness, but on the other hand, because technology is becoming more updated, trends are also increasing to make things a lot more user-friendly that it was time for Six Apart to take more advantage on their prior two products and push it through the masses. They’ve got heavy competition going on (ie. WordPress.com, Blogger/Blogspot, Livejournal, Posterous, Tumblr, etc.) and VOX doesn’t seem to be a good competitor against these other free hosted blogging services. And with the economy still going down the dumps, affecting the technology industry in this country, it was definitely time to cut back to save money.
VOX was created with the non-techno-savvy user in mind. There were a lot of features offered with this system including choosing (and editing depending on how savvy are you with HTML/CSS/digital designing) the available themes, adding features such as a book list, links list, etc., but most of all create several communities of like-minded users who share the same passion and opinion on a particular subject, topic or hobby. Even if I’m pretty much heavily web designing/developing-savvy, I decided to sign up for an account for beta-testing purposes.
I was happy and pround to be one of the beta testers of VOX before its initial launching of its services through the masses. But at the same time I’m sad that Six Apart would be ending its services as many non-techno-savvy users were able to take advantage of its full-featured services without paying a cent. I remember having some of my former Arashi fan friends making their home at VOX (and LJ) and ditched the privately-hosted blogs (though I’m still sticking to having my blog on its own home with me having total control of it). Now I’m guessing that they’ll have to port their VOX blogs to LJ or some other free blogging services (like the ones I mentioned below).
More information regarding the closing of VOX are here. Below are two screencaps of my current (now-ditched) VOX account, along with my profile that shows that I’ve been a proud beta tester of VOX. Ah, memories… :)