So, I finally got a response to my inquiries about Times People, the NY Times social news network:
Dear Stowe Boyd,
Thank you for contacting NYTimes.com.
We apologize for the inconvenience, however, we are no longer supporting Times People and are in the process of fully removing it from NYTimes.com.
We hope this helps.
Uh, thanks. Any chance to offload my posts, contacts, and other data? I guess not. I had 1075ish followers and was following a few dozen, now inaccessible.
By the way, major news services. If you launch something like this to great fanfare (or even small fanfare) it makes sense to make some noise when you shut the service down, tell people why, share the stats, and the thinking about your decision.