I started posting blog entries on my Yahoo 360 account back in August 20, 2006. My Vietnamese Sociology students from the Center for International Education and other university students at SaigonTech wanted me to post more on Yahoo 360 since they were all active there. I remember being very active there for a couple of years. I even met some friends from there as well and made some good contacts.
Sadly, Yahoo 360 will be shutdown. It is still a surprise to many young Vietnamese bloggers who have used Yahoo 360 religiously for the last 3-4 years. My students still use it. They are the ardent ones who will use it until the end which should come soon.
I have been lucky that I started SaigonNezumi.com before I created my Yahoo 360 accounts. I will not be affected much by the shutdown. Many of my 360 Friends have already added me to my Facebook account.
I do feel sorry for the many young 360 bloggers who have no place to move their blog entries too. I created a blog forum for my students but it is no way ready to handle anymore than 200 users. Not yet at least.
The negative, since Yahoo 360plus will not be connected to the universal profile with other Yahoo products, could be the death blow to Yahoo 360 in Vietnam. The strength of Yahoo 360 is that it enabled Vietnamese bloggers to connect with other Yahoo 360 users around the world. If Yahoo 360plus just focuses on the Vietnamese market, many 360 users could move over to Facebook which is rapidly becoming popular among students and friends.
Unfortunately for you English speakers, Yahoo 360plus is only available in the Vietnamese language.
This is exactly what is happening. I am seeing many of the Vietnamese bloggers who write English move over to Facebook. They are very active as well. That includes my high school ICT students and former university students. I expect the same for other Yahoo 360 English speaking Vietnamese users as well.
Will they continue to blog? It is hard to say. I hate to say it, you can do quite a bit with Facebook now. If a developer adds a small blogging application to Facebook (I am not sure if one is there), that could be make Facebook a perfect replacement for Yahoo 360.
I am sure the Young Vietnamese IT geeks will have their opinions on this one.
Below is my last Yahoo 360 post:
It seems that Yahoo 360 will end soon. If you want to keep in contact with me, please visit the following sites:
If you need help finding a new blog site, please email me at: https://saigonnezumi.com/aboutkevinmillerjr/contact-kevin-miller-jr/ and I will help you find a new place to blog at.
Thank you for being my Yahoo 360 Friends. I hope to see you at another forum.
Kevin Miller, Jr. saigonnezumi
Farewell Yahoo 360!