Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Legacy Accounts Are No Longer Supported - The Final Chapter

Today, I was advising the latest legacy Blogger account holdout.
I got the email that says
You are receiving this message because your email address is associated with an unmigrated legacy Blogger account. As we announced in April of last year, legacy accounts will no longer be accessible after May 30th, 2012 unless they are updated to the Google Account system. Any blog content associated with this account will also be unmodifiable after that date.
Upon reporting this latest support need to Blogger, I was advised of the sad reality, by a Blogger Engineer.
Legacy support has been deprecated.
We have seen this coming, for a long time - and it has finally arrived.

What this advice means is simple - if your blog(s) are owned by a legacy Blogger account, that account, and blog(s), is now frozen.
  • You can't convert your account.
  • You can't update your blog(s).
You have been warned, repeatedly. Now, Blogger has moved on - and you can't be helped.
  • They won't delete your blog.
  • They won't take the URL away from you.
  • You can't delete or update the blog - or re use the URL.


It's possible that the Legacy Claim form may help you - though the queue for action can be a week, or more. Here, as always, you have a much better chance of success if you know both the Username and Password.

Alternately, if you can setup a new Blogger account, try recovering the blog into the new account. Alternately, checkout the Known Blogger Issues article, for some possible solutions.

Other than that, let Blogger move into the future - don't demand special treatment, which will only help enable future opportunity for account hacking.

If you wish to publish using Blogger, start a new blog, under a new Blogger account. If you're here because you have not published your blog since 2006, the changes to Blogger have been so extensive that you'll be starting over, anyway. Start a new blog - you can always include the old blog, in the new one, as static content.

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3 comments:

David said...

Do you think Google will really leave those addresses frozen or do you think they will eventually delete them allowing others to claim them?

Chuck Croll said...

David,

My money is on the addresses staying frozen - and the URLs remaining unavailable. If you are waiting for the perfect URL for your blog, you may be waiting for a while.
1. Even if the URL of your dreams does become available, there's no guarantee that you will find out about it in time to grab it before someone else like you, waiting for the same URL, grabs it.
2. There is no guarantee that the URL of your dreams is owned by a legacy account.
3. There is no guarantee that all legacy owned blogs will be released at the same time, if ever.

Look at the voluntarily deleted blogs, and the 90 day waiting period, publicised early this year. Do you know of any URLs that have become magically available, because of that change?

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2012/01/what-is-mysterious-90-day-period-after.html

Matthew Gabard said...

Thank you so much for the legacy claim form!!! I was at my wits end trying to figure this out! I have finally deleted my 10 year old blog posts that I had forgotten about.