Dear customers, fans and supporters,
After a careful consideration, we have made the hard decision to terminate the neomyz.com online offering, consisting of Web Poll, RSS Web Reader and Online Games, by the end of October 2014. The details and the schedule of the phase out process are outlined at the end of this announcement.
This will end one era of our lives, and saying goodbye is not easy. We’ve been pushing this off for a long time. The neomyz.com offering began as an online poll service in September 2003, and was the first child of our cooperation outside of contracting work. It’s hard to believe that it only took a little over 2 weeks from an idea to the first working version! All the enthusiasm and belief pushed us to work as hard as we could. The “About Us” page is still a snapshot of our younger selves from almost 10 years ago...
At the time, Neomyz Web Poll was the first poll service that offered embeddable poll widgets, which were capable of submitting votes and processing the data without causing a reload of the entire page, and as a bonus, provided a neat interface with subtle animations and sound effects. All of this when concepts like AJAX and Web 2.0 didn’t event exist.
Unlike many poll and voting scripts, we have decided to go for a hosted model (software as a service) which allowed the use of polls by a broad spectrum of customers, regardless of the platform their website was hosted on, and without the need for technical knowledge, often required to integrate other scripts into website code. Later on, additional RSS Web Reader and Online Games widgets were added to our offering.
The neomyz.com project changed our lives too, as many of the partnerships we established were only possible thanks to its existence. The internet has evolved, however, and while we focused on other projects besides neomyz.com, we failed to catch up with the new trends. Ten years ago, there was no YouTube, nor Facebook. People would build their own personal websites instead, and rely on email for communication. With the massive impact of the social networks, and the boom of connected mobile devices, the way we all use internet is quite different from what it used to be just a few years ago. The business model behind neomyz.com is no longer competitive in today’s environment.
We would like to thank you - the thousands of you - for your support over the 10+ years of existence of neomyz.com, and ask you to please accept our apologies for any inconvenience the termination of neomyz.com services might cause you.
March 6, 2014
The phase-out schedule (rev. March 6, 2014)