There has been some bold predictions that the Blog Bubble is ready to burst. As expected, probloggers are quick to claim otherwise. It is a possibility, I know, but let’s write down a possible scenario.
- Yahoo! feels that its Yahoo! 360 service could not catch up with Google’s BlogSpot and MSN MySpace so they quit the race.
- Microsoft thinks blogging is not its battlefield so it scrapped MySpace even though they’re getting hundreds of thousands of bloggers every month.
- AOL thought its $25 Million acquisition of WeblogsInc was a waste of corporate money and sells it to some blog spammer from Russia.
- Google, apparently not happy that it could not get a share of AOL, pulls out AdSense from WeblogsInc.
- Chitika is overwhelmed with fake clicks, MSN AdCenter and Yahoo! Publishers Network could not sell enough ads. AdSense lost in a court case for not disclosing/preventing fake clicks and was forced to shut down.
- WordPress.com, BlogSome, LiveJournal, and BlogSpot services cease to offer free blog accounts.
- Political bloggers could not find any issue to blog about. They went to watch Fear Factor and American Idol during their spare time.
- Journalist bloggers are being shot at first sight in Iraq, China and Afghanistan. Bloggers are being served TRO in the Philippines for blogging.
- Technorati, IceRocket and Feedster used up all its funding and closed shop.
- Teenagers from across the globe left their blogs to the dogs and moved to Friendster. Oh wait, Friendster has a blog. But it couldn’t handle all the huge rush so it had to stop the blog service too.
- Cheapest domains sell for $1,000 a year and hosting rates surpasses personal tax rates.
See, if all that happens, the Blog Bubble with surely burst.