As Jim Winstead notes, Yahoo! is the new operator of the ping service.

Woohoo! He writes:

this is the sort of good home that i was looking for — yahoo! obviously has the resources to run and improve in pace with the incredible growth of blogs (and syndication in general), and in talking with them it was also clear that we had some of the same vision for the future of the service and the ping/notification infrastructure.

I'm glad he thinks it's a good home, because I do to. I was an advocate for this all along and am glad to see that the papers are all signed and the service is working on our infrastructure.

And for Feedmesh/cloud users, more good news:

for users of the website and the cloud interface, nothing much is changing. the service will continue to be completely open, and both yahoo! and i hope you continue to use it and help it grow.

What are our plans for the service? Simple. Keep it running, make it scale, and make it even better (a lot like the Flickr plans).

No, I won't tell you what we paid. Neither will Jim.

Posted by jzawodn at June 14, 2005 02:58 PM

Reader Comments
# Nick W said:

Nice, don't just make it scale, do something interesting with it!

on June 14, 2005 03:47 PM
# Dossy Shiobara said:

No, I won't tell you what we paid. Neither will Jim.

Interesting. Why not? Because it was an excessively high amount? According to the site itself, only has 12,210 users and is "tracking" 8.7M blogs, as of this writing.

Yahoo! already has a ping service, so why do they need to buy, for only 12K users -- no mention of how many of those are actually active.

Is the next bubble forming?

on June 14, 2005 06:29 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

"Why not? Because it was an excessively high amount?"

Depends on your definition of excessive, I guess.

Tell you what... Come to the next shareholder's meeting and ask our CFO what we paid. She's informed enough to know which financial matters we should and should not talk about without permission.

I don't pretend to be, sorry.

on June 14, 2005 08:31 PM
# Che Dong said:

I can't ping it from China (via MT)

Che Dong

on June 14, 2005 10:53 PM
# mariano said:

when will you update us with plans or ideas?
We've been using cloud even in update/pinging service and im more than happy with it.

Come on.. give us your toughts ;)

on June 14, 2005 11:21 PM
# Mandrake said:

At least you should mention if the amount had 4, 5 o 6 numbers in it.

on June 15, 2005 06:53 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

One number. Several digits. :-)

on June 15, 2005 07:05 AM
# jim winstead said:

really, the number of digits depends on how many zeroes you put after the decimal point.

it's a 20-figure deal! woohoo!

on June 15, 2005 10:56 AM
# Michael Lozikolski said:

Would ya look at that…Yahoo has picked up — they are a ping service for blogs around the world. I noticed that hadn’t responded to my pings over the weekend and was wondering what was going on. I am guessing that they..
Jeremy, i cant open this tread
can u post it?

on June 24, 2005 03:26 AM
# Nicolegrants Kidman blog said:

how do you know my name? ,

on July 31, 2005 07:16 PM
# Bulli said:

Yahoo hat definitiv gekauft. Die einzelnen Suchmaschinen müssen ja sehen wo sie bleiben, nachdem google so erfolgreich mit ist.

on August 1, 2005 02:43 PM
# Susan Kitchens said:

Jeremy, in the course of "making better," whoever is behind it has made it worse. I hope it is temporary. Would you please urge whomever is in charge of to communicate with the world at large about why search has been temporarily disabled?

Once disabled the search, my list of favorites became totally static. Unchangeable. I cannot add new finds to my list of blogs to watch. Before got crippled, I'd encounter a blog I wanted to watch and "find" it using search, then click the (+) button to add it to my list. Can't do that anymore.

What's going on? What are the plans? How long will search be temporarily disabled? Why has it been disabled? I'd love a bit of explanation here. Would you help with that?

on September 27, 2005 10:22 AM
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