Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) subsidiary, AOL is closing the doors to it’s blogging services. Whoever used AOL Journals will be able to migrate to Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) subsidiary, Blogger.com. AOL is also shutting down Hometown/FTP. AOL stated that Blogger.com already has the features that AOL Journals uses and recommends copying+pasting the content into a document before October 31st.
The full e-mail is below (via WebWare):
Dear AOL Journals user,
As we wrote in an e-mail on Sept. 30, AOL(R) Journals will permanently shut down on Oct. 31. It’s never an easy decision to shut down a feature, especially one like AOL Journals that some of our members have used for a long time. But with a decline in Journals usage, we have to look carefully at all of AOL’s features to make sure we’re providing as much value to our members as possible.
Though we know this might be an inconvenience, the good news is that we’ve partnered with Blogger.com to provide a smooth transition for your journal. Blogger is a free service from Google that makes it easy to share your thoughts with friends and the world. Blogger supports most of the features you’ve come to expect from AOL Journals, and it’s easy to get started. If you wish to transfer your journal to Blogger, they will move your posts, comments and photos to your new blog on their service. When you’re ready, go to this link to get started.
Remember, it’s very important to save your Journals content before Oct. 31. If you choose not to move to Blogger, you’ll need to save your information manually (for example, by copying and pasting its contents into a word processor).
Again, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we make this transition, and we hope you enjoy using Blogger.com.
The AOL Journals Team
AOL Journals has about 100,000 users. And who knows how many of them are actually active… Cutting out Journals will save AOL server costs for a service that is not used much. Was it a right move? I believe it was. One of the rules in business is knowing when to cut your losses.