When My Opera was launched as a support forum in 2001, it quickly became an important place for us to meet with you. We had so much great interaction with you that we wanted to do more with our forums and our community. In 2006, we had a silly but fun idea. "What if we put our forums on steroids? Let's build a site where you can blog, share photos and add each other as friends." At that time, there were no good services for what we wanted. We decided to build it ourselves.
We saw My Opera grow into a passionate community site. For us, this whole idea of giving you a place where you could blog and share photos turned into an interesting, and very large, side project. Over the years, we've seen social media and blogging sites pop up, which offer more and better features than we could possibly maintain. These offerings are their sole business. You all know their names and you probably use their services already.
The explosion of these sites and the amount of resources we need to maintain our own service has changed our outlook on My Opera. We had a good run for many years, but we believe your content could have a better home elsewhere, so we have made the decision to shut down My Opera as of March 1, 2014.
That’s four months from now. We want to give you enough time to move to a new service and to think of what do with your content. To make this transition as smooth as possible, we've created two tools to help you maintain your blogs and photos. You can preserve all your content with two simple steps:
Export your blog. You can easily take this file to WordPress, Squarespace, Typepad, Movable Type, Drupal or many other weblog-hosting sites.
Download all of your content. You can learn how to do that here.
Finding a new home can be tricky. Here are two good articles that might help you decide where to move to next:
Which social network should I use?
Which blogging platform should I use?
We have prepared some answers to help you understand more about what all of this means for your My Opera account.
What will happen with my My Opera email?
The service will, along with My Opera, be discontinued. In the meantime, we suggest you sign up for a new provider and make sure to take care of the emails you want to save. Also, it would be a good idea to set up an auto-reply in your My Opera email to inform your contacts of your new email address. Here are a few free email providers you may want to check out:
What about the Opera Link web interface?
It will be hosted from http://link.opera.com/. Simply log in with your My Opera account details to get access to your synchronized content.
Will this affect other Opera services such as addons.opera.com?
No, you can still log in with your My Opera account and access your add-ons, review them and comment.
What happens with all the comments in the blog?
Your comments will be exported when you download your blog.
Where are the old comments that were in your blogs?
Our new blogs platform uses Disqus, a new blog comment service, that were not compatible with importing the old comments. The old comments are still available here on My Opera.
What about the forums?
Our forums will be moving to www.opera.com. The most important existing threads will be moved across, and you will be able to use your My Opera account to log in and continue the discussion. In other words: Your My Opera account has become your new Opera account that you can use for all Opera services and products.
To summarize, what do we suggest you do now?
- First of all, grab a copy of all your stuff. Use our download tools to backup your blog posts and photos.
- Investigate your options. There are many great services out there. Perhaps you want to bring some of your friends along to a new place? Let them know where you want to go. Maybe you can write a blog post about it?
- When you’re ready for the switch, sign up for a new social network. You might know of some more good sites. Feel free to comment here and let us know.
- If you’re one of our email users, sign up for a new email service and set up an auto-reply in My Opera to let your contacts know about your new address.
- Then, forward your email to your new email address.
- If you have a blog, make your readers aware of the switch. You could write a post with a link to your new blog and make it sticky, so it stays prominently at the top of the page.
This is probably one of the longest, most important blog posts written here, but there's a lot of information to convey. We hope that this notice and our migration tools will make your transition as easy as possible.
If you have additional ideas for other platforms or sites to use, feel free to share them with us in the comments. Thanks for your support of My Opera over the years. Let’s keep the discussion alive over at blogs.opera.com; you can also connect with us on Google+, Twitter or Facebook.
The My Opera team