Maya’s Mom was the first social networking site that I really got involved in. Well, that’s not exactly true, back when I got married I spent countless hours over at The Knot and then when I was pregnant with C I spent many an evening hanging out in the iVillage forums. But Maya’s Mom was the first place where I created a complete profile, made lots of friends, commented on hundreds of discussions, and really explored the limits of social networking. It was my introduction into that intoxicating world of realer than real virtual relationships and it was a warm, welcoming, wonderful place to start.
Since then I’ve discovered lots of other amazing social networking sites and I’ve made countless friends around the world, many of them who are present on all the sites I love. New social networking sites pop up every week, vying for our attention and loyalty. I can’t even begin to count how many profiles I’ve created on social network sites. I mean, I really can’t, I tried one day and I lost count at 15. No joke.
So why would Maya’s Mom think that when they close their doors on September 10th I’m going to follow them to the new and improved BabyCenter site? I understand that they were granted a fantastic opportunity and I think it’s great that the Maya’s Mom team jumped right into spruicing up the BabyCenter community site. Good for them. But to go and shut down their own site and casually invite people to “come relocate to the BabyCenter community” because they are too busy to manage two sites is absurd. That “the design and features will be familiar to me” is just not enough. Transfer my account, my friends, my groups, my pictures, and everything else I’ve spent well over a year collecting, and maybe, just maybe I’ll join the new site. But transfer just my “member since date” and my “note count” and expect me to do everything else myself and I’m outta there.
I’ve been staunchly faithful to Maya’s Mom. I’ve spread the word, I’ve invited friends, I’ve been one of their big supporters, but I have no allegiance to BabyCenter, and I’ve got no desire to start from scratch over there. I really loved the community that Maya’s Mom created, I loved supporting them because it really felt like I was supporting the little people. BabyCenter doesn’t need me and there are just too many other sites that do.
So Buh Bye Maya’s Mom. Good luck with your new endeavor. I hope you don’t regret your decision down the line.