This will likely come as no surprise to anyone: Yahoo has announced that it will shut down Yahoo Meme on May 25th.
Not familiar with Yahoo Meme? That was probably the main problem: Not enough familiarity and adoption.
“…the closest comparison is Twitter. It’s a micro-blogging service where users post updates that can include photos and/or video. Meme supports reposting and following other users to stay abreast of their updates. Sound familiar?”
Unlike many other new social networking services, Yahoo Meme didn’t even seem to get much tire-kicking among early adopters; that’s perhaps because it didn’t really offer anything unique that wasn’t available on other services (i.e., Twitter and Facebook) with much larger audiences.
In its announcement today, Yahoo says it wants to focus on “content and tools that matter most to people,” as well as on “our core strengths and new innovations.”
If you happen to be an active Yahoo Meme user, first – wow. Talk about taking the road less traveled. Second, things will continue as normal until April 25th. At that point, Meme will not accept any new members, posts or comments. You’ll be able to access your blog until May 25th; at that point, the site will be shut down and all URLs will become unreachable. Between now and May 25th, you can also export your Meme posts into a downloadable file.
Today’s announcement was presaged by Yahoo’s January announcement that the iOS app for Yahoo Meme was being shuttered.