Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bye, Bye Grazely!

Back in a July 2011 post, here in my blog, I made mention of a new bookmarking service that had arrived on the seen called Grazely.   At the time I was excited and happy at the prospect of a new bookmarking site, considering the unstable nature of at the time.

Well, its been almost a year and a half now, and at this point Grazely is D.E.A.D.!  Apparently they announced it on their site back in September 2012, telling users to download their bookmarks, but considering I hadn't actually visited the site, I was simply bookmarking from my browser, I completely missed this.

So, imagine my surprise when I went to bookmark something a couple of weeks ago and got a failure.  I attempted to visit the sites URL, but was met with an error saying that the site didn't exist.  I turned to my email, found the address for one of the admins I had chatted with early on and inquired about the status of the site.  It took him a few days to get back to me, but he did, informing me of the site's demise.  He claimed too much competition to keep going.

Most of the sites out there were social networking bookmark sites now, like delicious.  I wasn't in whole-hearted agreeance with this move by most sites as I just simply wanted a place for my bookmarks.   It took a bit of searching before I found Grazely, but was intrigued when I did.

After getting a response from the admin, I then inquired as to whether or not my nearly 6000 bookmarks could be retrieved or not and he came back with a, "Sorry, everything has been deleted."  How depressing and unfortunately.  Thankfully I am not that trusting.  :-)  I kept a duplicate bookmark on delicious for just this occasion.  I did have a backup copy of the grazely bookmarks from a few months ago, but having everything on delicious really helped.

So, if you turned to Grazely, I am very sorry.  How is one to know if a site will simply bomb this hard or not.  Please don't hold it against me.   If I do find another site and it seems credible and (hopefully) stable, I will be sure and post again.

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