My Opera

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My Opera
Web address My.Opera.com
Commercial? No
Type of site Social networking, email, help desk
Registration Yes
Available in 19 languages
Owner Opera Software ASA
Launched August 2001
Current status Defunct since 3 March 2014

My Opera was the virtual community for Opera web browser users. It belonged to Opera Software ASA. In addition to being a support site for the Opera browser, My Opera worked like a social networking site. It offered services such as blogs, photo albums, the free email service My Opera Mail and more.[1] My Opera was closed down on 3 March 2014.

History[edit]

The My Opera Community was launched in August 2001[2] as a simple support site for the browser, and the website had its first upgrade a month later on September 11.[3] On December 15, 2003, the website underwent an upgrade that allowed users to access more features.[4]

In September 2005, the My Opera Community added major improvements. During this upgrade, users were given access to photo albums, improved blogs (formerly journals), the ability to create custom groups, and 300MB[2] of free storage space. Improvements to blogging included the introduction of "mobile blogging" or blogging from a mobile phone through MMS.[5]

On March 8, 2007, Opera released a new version of the site.[6]

The new hardware for the 2006 upgrade was put to use for a beta test website on October 26, 2006. This website was intended to remain up even after the final install of the new hardware on the regular website. There are extensive plans for various subdomains on the My Opera site.[7]

On April 7, 2011, Opera released a free email service for all existing and new-joining My Opera users called My Opera Mail and powered by Opera's FastMail.FM email platform. [8]

On October 31, 2013, the administrators of My Opera announced that the site would be closed down in March 2014.[9] The reasons given included the increased labor required to maintain the My Opera site and the growing popularity of alternative social media sites that provide a better service than the Opera team was able or willing to provide.[9]

Services[edit]

A My Opera account was required to use the services. Every My Opera user got 2 GB of space for file storage.[10]

  • Blogs: in September 2005, personal "Journal" service was changed to a blog service. Blogs were customised according to user's individual requirements.[11] Blogs could also be updated with a mobile phone.[12] A list of new blog posts, new comments and popular blogs was available.[13]
  • Feature groups: it was a way for meeting and socializing with people who shared similar interests.[14] Each group had its own forum, blog and photo section where members could post.[14]
  • Members: it was a section where users of My Opera could see logged in members, as well as, a list of members by country.[15]
  • News Portal: a site with customizable news feeds.[16] It included the Google search engine.[17]
  • Photos: a section where users could publish and share their photos with other members.[18]

Current Opera services available[edit]

There are several Opera subdomain sites that use an Opera account. These include:

  • Opera forums: users of Opera can find there help to solve problems related to the browser. Previously, Opera forums belonged to My Opera site. Since March 2014, Opera forums were moved to the official Opera web browser site.
  • Dev.Opera: a site for developers to write articles and share tips and tricks.
  • Opera Link: to administrate the synchronized bookmarks, notes, and the Speed Dial for the Opera Browser on different devices.
  • Opera Add-ons: the domain which contains the extensions and themes catalogs.

Vivaldi.net[edit]

Vivaldi.net is an alternative community site opened on 18 December 2013 by Jon von Tetzchner, founder and former CEO of Opera Software. Jon von Tetzchner posted a personal welcome message where he explained his plan to provide a new community for My Opera's members.[19] Vivaldi.net offers its members features and services such as blogs, e-mail service, photo albums and forums. Vivaldi.net is not related to Opera Software.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "T-Mobile deploys My Opera Community for web'n'walk.". Europe Intelligence Wire. 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  2. ^ a b "My Opera Community, ey? What's the catch?". Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  3. ^ Opera in Your Community Opera revamps MyOpera community and enhances the Opera Composer
  4. ^ Jaques, Robert (2003-12-17). "Curtain goes up on My Opera redesign". VNUNET.com. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  5. ^ Millard, Elizabeth (2005-10-19). "Opera Enables Mobile Bloggin". eWeek. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  6. ^ Oh Glorious Day!! - My Opera Community Main Page Blog
  7. ^ Introducing the Opera Community Beta Site
  8. ^ Welcome to My Opera Mail beta
  9. ^ a b "Important announcement about your My Opera account". Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  10. ^ "New My Opera Community site launched" (in English). W3 Reports. 08-03-2007. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  11. ^ "Help/FAQ » My Blog". My Opera. Archived from the original on 29 August 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Help/FAQ » Mobile blogging". My Opera. Archived from the original on 29 August 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Blogs". My Opera. Archived from the original on 16 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Featured groups". My Opera. Archived from the original on 16 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Members". My Opera. Archived from the original on 15 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "How to get the most from News Portal". News Portal. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "News Portal". News Portal. Archived from the original on 7 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Photos". My Opera. Archived from the original on 14 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "A place for our closest friends". Vivaldi.net. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 

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