Saturday, December 1, 2012

Multiply no more

TODAY is's last day before it's deleted forever.

As far as cramming could go, I spent a total of about six hours manually downloading photos, blog entries, audio and video recordings spanning six years. I felt nostalgic in the process. I looked eerily thin in the photos, and something in me had changed. The facial hair, perhaps, now that I shave on a weekly basis? The added weight, thanks to my daily intake of deadly cholesterol-laden material? Or the added life experience—of seeing actual people die, of witnessing the spectrum of human suffering head-on?

My blog entries were shorter, much more egoistic, and were ... shall we say, badly written. Reading old entries from way back when still make me cringe in embarrassment. What was I thinking? But hearing my younger self again can also be therapeutic. I now see how I've grown, thanks to God's unfailing grace, and how my passions have changed throughout these years. So there is that sense of me being relieved that I'm no longer the same person I was once years ago.

Even though I had an existing Blogger address in 2006, I opened a Multiply account to host my files. Because I took quite a number of photos with my digital camera, I wanted to store and share them online. Multiply offered the most user-friendly format. I liked how things were organized there. Unless otherwise specified, only approved contacts could access those folders. There were hardly any privacy issues.

During those years the Multiply community was bustling. My friends and I would check our accounts daily. And then Facebook came into the picture. As an even more user-friendly format, the novelty that was Facebook became a habit, and Multiply slowly faded from the limelight. If you ask me, I think it was Facebook that led to Multiply's ultimate demise.

Unlike most people, my fondness for Multiply never faded. It was quieter, more peaceful than Facebook. Never mind if less and less people were looking at my folders; I still opted to upload my photos there anyway. I found it less intrusive and more private. I considered it an online haven.

Before Multiply takes my site down entirely, I took screenshots of what used to be my online home. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

The home page bears the header, "My Name is Lance Easy Door." Go figure.

My photo albums, which I often visited when I wanted to walk down Memory Lane.

And my first Multiply entry.

I'll miss Multiply—nothing can quite measure up to it. The next question is choosing another free host. Picasa, maybe? But not Facebook—definitely not Facebook.



Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, Lance! Got your message on Twitter. I liked Flickr's interface, until I hit the 500 free photo limit. I also used imageshack for years until they also set a limit. I use photobucket for image hosting now. But you're right, nothing quite beats the community of Multiply. :)

Sun Dec 02, 06:17:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Lance said...

I have a Photobucket, too! I may have to resurrect that one. Thanks again, Kat!

Sun Dec 02, 05:36:00 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous aSharon said...

Lance, not on topic but I saw this study on stroke and Psalm 137 and thought you might be interested:

Tue Dec 04, 10:25:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Lance said...

Haha, they analyzed the symptomatology of stroke as described in Scripture!

Thu Dec 06, 06:37:00 AM GMT+8  

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