Viddler Waves Good-Bye to Personal Accounts

Viddler, a service that aspired to be a stand-out competitor to other video hosting services like YouTube and Vimeo, announced yesterday that, effective immediately, they are going to stop allowing users to sign up for their free personal accounts. All existing personal users of Viddler will be able to maintain their accounts (for the time being, at least), but all future registrations will have to be premium accounts. Following is the announcement that was sent out to existing personal account holders:

Ning Eliminates Free Accounts…

…but BuddyPress Comes to the Rescue

By now, you’ve probably heard that Ning, the “roll-your-own” social network platform, is doing away with its free accounts. Details on the whole process are still a bit sparse, but the majority opinion seems to be that the free accounts will be deleted if the owners choose not to upgrade to one of the premium options. More details are supposed to be released on May 4, 2010.┬áThe party line, so far, has been that this move will allow Ning to focus all of its attention on the paid users, allowing the service to roll out new features and bug fixes more efficiently.