Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Has Google Deleted Your MP3 Blog Yet?

Posted by on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 9:25 AM

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As you may have heard, MP3 blogs are disappearing from the Internets. More specifically, they are disappearing from from the Google-owned Blogger platform, which also includes Blogspot. This story in last week's L.A. Weekly touches on the trend:

Google, the bloggers believe, has quietly changed the methods by which it enforces its user agreement. Whereas in the past, a blog owner would receive a warning before a post's removal, Google is now simply hitting the delete button.

And it's escalated to entire blogs getting removed. A couple days ago, Pop Tarts Suck Toasted was unceremoniously wiped off of Blogspot. I Rock Cleveland soon followed. PTST is back at its own dedicated URL, poptartssucktoasted.com, and word around the webs is that anyone with an MP3 blog ought to look into registering their domain on the quick. So far Google is at least succeeding at one thing: driving bloggers to WordPress.

UPDATE: A running list of known Blogger casualties, starting with those Earfarm posted to Twitter: Pop Tarts Suck Toasted; Living Ears; It's a Rap-Rogo; Masalacism; I Rock Cleveland; To Die by Your Side; Golden Bloggen; Galaxy Techno. If you know of others, post them in the comments.

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