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Blip.fm, a micro-messaging service that allows folks to tweet their favorite songs and create social interactions around music, is on life support, according to The Wall Street Journal. Fuzz Artists, the company behind Blip.fm, has cut two-third of its staff and is down to just four […]

blipbannerBlip.fm, a micro-messaging service that allows folks to tweet their favorite songs and create social interactions around music, is on life support, according to The Wall Street Journal. Fuzz Artists, the company behind Blip.fm, has cut two-third of its staff and is down to just four people. It was launched in June 2007. Jeff Yasuda, founder and CEO, tells the Journal that he is going shut down Fuzz.com but will be keeping Blip.fm going since the company has some money. But that money can’t keep the lights on forever. Blip was a hit with the early adopters, and there is a good chance it might attract some bargain hunters. Last.fm or Spotify could be good homes for this service. (Update: Apparently the cuts happened in October 2008, according to The Daily Deal.)

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  3. Hey Om,

    I’m not sure if you caught it on TechCrunch, but it seems to be this is old news:

    http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/21/fuzzcom-hits-deadpool-spin-off-blipfm-alive-and-well/

    Robin

  4. @Paul

    Funny how the WSJ story makes it seem that the layoffs just happened. Not sure how that happened – reporter/editor mix up or perhaps jeff told them so.

    Anyway the fact of the matter is that it is situation critical for blip.

  5. With all due respect and well-wishes in such a tough time as this, it never seemed like a very good idea to use “blip” to name a social media company that is entirely dependent on other social media companies.

  6. Old news, and just when I start using it
    PLOP!
    XDDD

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    [...] of the exiting companies being snapped up at bargain prices. Could this happen to Blip.fm? GigaOm posits it could find a good home with Spotify or [...]

  9. Is there any co-relation with the reduced headcount and the fact that Blip has been down for the last two days?

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