Saturday, February 07, 2009

Faint Hope For Ma.gnolia Users

A few days back Mashable Editor-in-Chief, Adam Ostrow reported that Ma.gnolia has been taken completely offline, with data corruption and loss which seems unrecoverable.

Today when I went through the Ma.gnolia website, I saw that Ma.gnolia's Larry Haff have posted another note on the site's home page, explaining the situation and offering some faint hopes to it's userbase of recovering their bookmarks:

Dear Ma.gnolia Members and Visitors,

So far, my efforts to recover Ma.gnolia's data store have been unsuccessful. While I'm continuing to work at it, both from the data store and other sources on the web, I don't want to raise expectations about our prospects. While certainly unanticipated, I do take responsibility and apologize for this widespread loss of data.

In this past year, many of us have seen much loss around us. While bookmarks seem small on the national or global scale, I know that many of you had built intellectual and social capital through the bookmarks, groups, and connections you made here. For those who had shown their support for Ma.gnolia by buying one or more premium feature subscriptions, that's one thing you won't be losing: refunds will be issued for those purchases within two weeks from today.

Ma.gnolia was approaching the third anniversary of its public launch; for me, it was the project and people to which I'd devoted most of my time, energy, and love for nearly four years. It's still a little too soon to give word about the return of Ma.gnolia the service and the future of the M2 project, but I will keep this site and our Twitter account updated as those decisions are made.

In the meantime, I can provide a few pointers to some resources that can help:

If you've been publishing your bookmarks through any RSS feeds or aggregation services like FriendFeed, you can re-capture some of them before those feeds expire.

We've set up a recovery tools page with several options. We're still adding more.

If you're looking for a place to start a new collection, I think Diigo is a good option to check out for its groups, cross-service posting features and attentive staff.

Further tips for recovering bookmarks can be found or posted in a thread at Ma.gnolia's page on Get Satisfaction.
Sincerely, Larry
Click here to go to the recovery tools page and Ma.gnolia's page on Get Satisfaction. Wish you all the best in recovering your lost bookmarks.

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