[UPDATE: I should have read the Podchains blog post properly:
“…we’ll be putting the old Podchains back up shortly at it’s new location.”]
How would you like it if this happened to you…
You find a website that allows you to bookmark websites, it’s not an ordinary social bookmark website, it’s one for podcasts.
When you see a podcast you like you bookmark the mp3 file in the URL field, the title in the title field, add some tags, and add a note (this can be used to enter the URL where you found this file).
After a year you have 100’s of great podcasts bookmarked, browse them by tag…what a great audio library.
This library also gives you some space to upload mp3 files…but you don’t use this feature, you just bookmark mp3 files.
One day you go to bookmark a new podcast and find that this service is no longer a podcast bookmark site.
First thing you say is WTF!!!!!
Where all my stuff?
Where’s my data?
All that work creating a library of my favourite podcasts is gone.
All the time I spent creating a library of my favourite podcasts is wasted.
This is what happened to me with Podchains.net.
They were a podcast bookmarks site, now they are Video Production and Distribution for the web.
Here is an announcement of their new service, pity this blog post doesn’t allow you to add a comment.
They changed their service without telling me, so now I’m at a loss.
I emailed them, but have not got a response.
I tweeted this hoping I could connect with other victims, but no response.
I want my data so I can take it elsewhere.
It’s a pity Data Portability is in its infancy, but this is one of the reasons that confirms the need to make data portable.
I at least want a way to export this data into another service, just like some social bookmarks allow you to import your bookmarks from another service.
I’ve posted about Podchains on various occassions, if anything I have promoted them, the least I want in return is to be able to import my data into another service.
My Podchains feed no longer works
I made a Grazr from my Podchains feed, but this no longer works.
The only thing salvaged is my Ziki lifestream, which re-syndicates all my content, so I do have some stuff I collected at Podchains re-published at Ziki, thankgod for profile aggregators.
I’m not sure if this has my whole collection as I’m not sure if the Podchains RSS feed contained every item from my collection, but thankyou Ziki.
Has anyone experience this with a web 2.0 service?
After getting burnt, I’m not sure who to trust anymore!
Can I do anything about this, is it legally my data…I didn’t read the fine print?