Monday May 3, 2010 02:28
Google’s Textcube goes to Deadpool
Two years ago, Google acquired a Korean startup, TNC with Textcube.com, open source based blogging platform similar with WordPress.com. After the announcement of acquisition, there were two prospects recovering local search power with blogging service and giving synergy effects to blogger.com.
But, Google noticed Textcube.com will be integrated to Blogger soon. Because two sites are completely different, in fact, it means that Textcube.com will be closed and user’s data must be migrated to Blogger.com.
Textcube.com was popular growing blogger platform and had many alpha bloggers in Korea. So there were over 200 comments and trackbacks and most of them were negative to Google’s unfaithful direction.
We have made innovative functions of Textcube.com and tried to move them to Blogger. For example, we played important part to make Blogger Template Desinger…. It is good example to contribute Blogger’s innovation and we want to offer efficient and useful services by concentrating on Blogger only… For smooth intergration, a new registartion of Textcube.com is closed in right now.
In fact, I guessed Textcube will be Google’s dead ducks as like Dodgeball, Jaiku and Zingku. But, many alpha bloggers supported Google’s decision and Textcube’s internalization because its platform is very excellent. Now they were disappointed and move to another services. (Actually Daum’s Tistory supports TTXML format and Textcube users can move their data to Tistory.)
It became another proof that Google is not successful to grow social communication and content-generating after buying services. The Web is not only composed by â€œinformationâ€, which it has been made by human and â€œcommunicationâ€ called by the media power is one of important part of Web. I think it is the most weak point of Google.