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I am really rather sad about the friends.nico news 😦

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As I understand, Dwango has not been doing too well financially and while they have previously expanded into providing various services including a Mastodon server (friends.nico), now they are shutting down all ventures that don't bring revenue

I'm sad because they've got an amazing domain name, super cute elephant drawings, I have spoken to their engineers over video, they invited me to Tokyo (although I didn't go, I attended over teleconference)

@citrustwee friends.nico will close at 28 April.

friends.nico サービス終了のお知らせ blog.nicovideo.jp/niconews/105

@Gargron Would also like to know what's happened.

@Gargron wait friends.nico is shutting down?! why cant we take it over?

@Gargron I don't know if I'm being a bad guy by bringing up a feature discussion here. But I believe this event is an important reminder to why we need full account support.

People who had their entire history there will be able to download the archive, but not import it to any other server until then. All of their existing posts will likely be lost on a hard drive, as they'll have to start from scratch on the new instance they will be registering on.

@MirceaKitsune Totally agree! This is one of the reasons I'm not comfortable asking many of my family/friends to join Mastodon. Also, it's harder for me to move over to an instance I'm hosting, since I'll lose many of the followers I have here.

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