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This article was published on January 28, 2009


    Dutch social bookmarking service Bemba closes shop

    Dutch social bookmarking service Bemba closes shop
    Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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    Ernst-Jan Pfauth

    Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

    Eleven months after Aaron Peters and Arne Dibbits pushed Bemba in the open beta phase, the social bookmarking service heads to the feared deadpool. 15 minutes ago, Peters used a “Tweet bomb” to share the bad news with his 278 followers:

    Twitter / bemba

    It’s sad to see Bemba leave the social bookmarking stage. The two kind guys aimed for people who don’t why complicated services, they just want to get the job done. After users have installed the Bemba plugin — there’s no bookmarklet — they can share anything entertaining they find on social networks with just two clicks.

    Apparently, this didn’t appeal to enough people for Bemba to survive these harsh economic times. I wish the Dutch entrepreneurs all the best with their future endeavors.

    Let me conclude with a quote by Benjamin Franklin:

    ‘I haven’t failed, I have had 10,000 ideas that didn’t work.’