Another Web Service Implodes

Do you use ma.gnolia? If so, then you already know about the implosion which occurred with the services data on January 30th. According to a statement now on the front page of the magnolia website, the site experienced not only data corruption, but data loss as well.

For Ma.gnolia, this means that the service is offline and members’ bookmarks are unavailable, both through the website itself and the API. As I evaluate recovery options, I can’t provide a certain timeline or prognosis as to to when or to what degree Ma.gnolia or your bookmarks will return; only that this process will take days, not hours.

Magnolia is providing updates on the situation through their Twitter account. Not long ago, a similar incident happened To JournalSpace.

These incidents are stark reminders that perhaps placing all of our data into the cloud is not such a great idea, especially when companies are not establishing appropriate backup procedures. Taking into consideration how cheap storage is these days, not having a proper backup of user data is completely unacceptable. This is also a good reminder that these services need to be providing easy ways for their users to take their data/content off of the sites for end user backup purposes.

Do you think that this is a new trend? Web 2.0 sites and services imploding?

6 thoughts on “Another Web Service Implodes

  1. That would be devastating if it becomes a new trend. Although I have been making back ups of all my data, somehow there are always a couple of data that I missed to back up, better get on with google docs then to make back ups or be real sorry later.

  2. The first rule of computing is “keep a backup”, or is it “when in doubt, reboot”? Either way, the pretext is the same. Our technology is as imperfect as we are. That’s the main reason, we may not see a paperless office in my lifetime, and why I have trouble finding my car keys.

  3. Well, I’d like to say I completely agree with your opionion, although I have never used that site, but I think a backup is very necessary to websites and blogs, once your website is broken, you could rebuild your website by the backup.

  4. Speaking of back-ups a copy of all of my articles is kept in Google Docs. I think this is a great way to back up things and access them from any computer. I also have external drives here but a good back up must off site.

  5. Hi Jeff,

    I think it is a version of the dot bomb crash. It’s showing which social media company was robust enough to withstand all the pressure from outside.We will be seeing which company uses what strategy to get participants. They may only have a broad or focused front, but having a deep bench also counts in the game.

    All the best,


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