We at Major League Baseball Advanced Media and our partners at Six Apart have extended our two-year agreement that would have expired on Opening Day. What that means to the MLBlogs community is that we will start the regular season April 1 on a status quo basis, so Typepad as usual for you at least a while longer.
I had mentioned several times during the past offseason that it might be wise to back up non-exportable graphics just in case we suddenly change environments to something else, and this means there won’t be a lot of chaos as teams break camp.
There are still a number of scenarios for where we at MLBAM are going with user-generated content, and thanks for your patience as talks and plans continue. As noted previously, the world has changed markedly since we launched MLBlogs on April 18, 2005, with Tommy Lasorda’s first post about his friend Jackie Robinson. Since then, social media have become a fact of life around the clock for many if not most of us, with features that are now familiar staples such as groups, adding friends, commenting, tagging, uploading video, moblogging and more. I would expect that everything you probably want in Web 2.0 will be available in one cool world of potentially millions of baseball fans by sometime this summer, possibly the All-Star break, but the main thing to report here is that we have extended our deal with Six Apart so that there is no panic around the start of the season. The terms/length of the 6A extension is undisclosed.
Here is something I’d like to throw out to the MLBlogs community, as all of us here have gotten the most out of the existing Typepad app and probably done more than our fair share of experimenting with spaces on various networks from myspace to VOX. What would be your dream social network across MLB.com and the 30 MLB team sites we maintain? Go beyond the obvious (friends, tagging, etc.)…and suggest features that would really and truly make you want to ask Kevin Costner: "Is this heaven?" Think out of the batter’s box. That’s what we want to roll out later in 2007, and perhaps gradually. Please just post your thoughts below as comments or email them to me if you’d rather be more private. Everything will be considered, along with whiteboarding that has been going on here. And for now, please enjoy the terrific capabilities of MLBlogs, which is where you can legally show official MLB and club marks and logos on the Internet, where you blog amongst players and authors and MLB personalities, where you are your own unmoderated author (remember: Official MLB.com Affiliate/Unofficial Opinions), where you’re a click or two away from the main navbar on every page at MLB.com, where you’ll be seen by a true baseball audience.
Thanks for being part of the MLBlogosphere, keep those Spheroids coming, and tell your friends that Season 3 will start right here again.