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Getting out of MyBlogLog…

Earlier today, I deleted my account on MyBlogLog…

Why?  One, I hated it every time my photo came up on the sidebar when I visited sites I like…(can’t bear to see myself all the time – not any more!). Of course, I could have always chosen NOT to upload my photo…but apparently once you have it in your profile, you cannot just “delete” it (very annoying).

Two, something about the data collection and logging made me uncomfortable…I know there is an opt-out and I know there is other more surreptitious software/stuff out there that does this anyways…but lets just say I acted a bit irrationally.

But maybe I am still too old-fashioned re. my fear of privacy (or more accurately, lack of it)…

As the “About” section of the site notes:

“Readers can become friends with other people who read your favorite blogs. See what else they’re reading. Check out their MySpace and Friendster profiles and view their Flickr photostreams…”

I dont have a MySpace profile and I have never been on Friendster and have barely looked at Flickr (see the common thread?!)

MyBlogLog further says, “Authors can learn more about their readers individually and as a group. What do they like and what are they ignoring? What are they reading elsewhere on the Web?”

I think there are some serious privacy issues which appear to have been glossed over amidst the “buzz”…but then again, I may be getting too old for this  :- (

Anyone had the same experience/ similar feelings? Especially fellow “myblogloggers”…

January 16th, 2007 Posted by | Miscellaneous | 7 comments


  1. I’m actually enjoying mybloglog, even though I thinkYahoo! paid too much for it. I like knowing who’s looking at my profile, and who’s reading similar sites. I actually found a couple of blogs that I’ve added to my feedreader because of mybloglog. Including one of a good friend who I didn’t even know was blogging.

    Comment by Farhan | January 17, 2007

  2. Hi Shantanu.

    I am a fellow MyBlogLogger to borrow your word. I think combining the traffic data from MyBlogLog with that from Google Analytics gives a very good picture of where your audience is. I do not see any obvious ways to log where you go and what you read in MyBlogLog (may be I am missing something?). And of course, I do not use my picture anywhere.

    But since I write about such a specialised topic, I have not had much success in using it to build my readership. Plus most blogs in my area – obesity – are essentially narrowly focussed on food, whereas I write very broadly covering innovation, politics and policy, non-food contributors to obesity, health issues, emerging research and technology etc.

    In any case, I actually know most of my audience and my readers, and where they come from.

    My readership strangely is driven through other non-related blogs on technology and VC! Which should help when I start my tech blog, but may have an adverse effect on my obesity blog.

    Comment by Shefaly Yogendra | January 17, 2007

  3. You could have uploaded a replacement image no?

    I recently blogged on mybloglog privacy issues

    Comment by robwatts | January 17, 2007

  4. Farhan, you have a point but I prefer serendipity to a planned excursion!…although this is largely a matter of personal choice.

    Rob, I could have uploaded a replacement image – but that still would have involved uploading “a replacement image” – I would have preferred to have just left it blank (which apparently you cannot do if you have ever uploaded an image..)

    Comment by Shantanu | January 18, 2007

  5. Shantanu – I like MyBlogLog and being able to see which of my friends have been looking at my blog, and similarly letting my buddies know when I have been on theirs.

    I don’t really care who else knows.

    Comment by Nic Brisbourne | January 18, 2007

  6. Shantanu

    I’ve never been compelled to sign up. If I want my friends to know I’ve been at their site I make comments or cross-link.

    Maybe I’m a Luddite.


    Comment by Jason Ball | January 18, 2007

  7. We’ve found MyBlogLog to be a great way to network with other bloggers, and it’s nice to put a real face to your anonymous web visitors.

    I had the privacy concern at first also but for me it went away quickly.

    Have an awesome day!

    Comment by Dan and Jennifer | February 8, 2007

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