It has been announced today that 30M (million) live spaces blogs will soon be migrated over to WordPress.com in a “partnership” between Microsoft (MSFT) and Automattic.
Microsoft is dumping these blogs anyway, and maybe gaining some other value from giving 30M users to Automattic.
This is like upgrading Windows 7 to Ubuntu (yeah yeah yeah)
Of those 30 million live spaces blogs, I bet 15 million of them don’t comply with Automattic’s rather strict terms of service, and of course Automattic don’t support any form of advertising unless you are a V.I.P.
Over a six month period, beginning today, Windows Live Spaces users will have the option to move their blogs to WordPress.com. To make this possible, we’ve created a brand new importer for Windows Live Spaces to WordPress.com. New Windows Live users will also be offered a WordPress.com blog when they choose to create a new blog.
That phrase is a little ambiguous but try this comment by raananbarcohen
@liamdaly — redirects will work forever and you can pick any WordPress.com URL you would like, and then map it with a custom domain.
Free Unrestricted 301 Redirects – Data Portability 101
I have complained in the past quite vocally about how badly Blogger/Blogspot treat people who leave their service by sticking interstitials in the redirects… I ended up a couple of months ago removing 100 pages of historical content back to Blogspot to effectively let it rot because there was no effective way for it to be an integral part of this site.
Microsoft need to find a way to 301 redirect their existing bloggers to whereever they require, as a free service, or WordPress need to provide that service for them. WordPress haven’t done that up until now.
The only way to move from WordPress.com is to pay a $15/year service fee for domain mapping. That is on top of the fees you pay for domain registration.
In many ways the most valuable thing you create when blogging is not the content, but the links to the content. You can always improve content, merge it together, even delete an article totally, but you have the option to redirect a visitor to something more current, and there is a search engine benefit.
Microsoft & WordPress.com need to come up with a better option because I know many real bloggers on Live Spaces who actually make a living from the occasional advert or affiliate link.
The headline from Techcrunch is misleading – this isn’t outsourcing it is selling out.
Their small businesses are effectively being terminated.