Shame that Ben and Dave couldn’t manage to keep eduspaces running.
(incidentally, if any eduspaces users want help moving over to edublogs then please feel free to email support (at) edublogs /dot/ org for assistance)
I have to say I was a little surprised by the gratitude expressed by their soon-to-be-non-users – I’d expect, personally, to be run out of town with a pitchfork in my rear end but perhaps that’s just me ;)
Still, I think it’ll be very interesting to look at the whys and wherefores of what made the site initially successful and then less so as and if Dave and Ben publish them.
My suspicions are that it was essentially a site based around a very specific community – and any community-centric site has a serious cap on the number of users it can support and all the associated issues prevalent with communities over time. What it needed to be was an educational version of Ning or Yahoo Groups, but that’s no easy task (I can tell you!), in that it could have operated as a service, as much as a community. But heck, I could be completely wrong, let’s wait to hear what they have to say.
Also of particular interest is Tom’s comment:
To which I’m not sure I agree (and left a comment asking for more info.) What’s the ‘has to’ element here? Please explain :)
[I should also note, just for the record, that edublogs continues to go from strength to strength... we completed a split over the weekend so that the site now runs off over 4000 databases (same as wp.com), are about to do a very fancy upgrade, and have some pretty exciting plans for 2008 including new partners and functionality... we're not going anywhere, so don't even think it!]