Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.
I'm sticking with BookLikes until the wheels fall off. I know everything feels uncertain here, and I'm really unhappy with the lack of communication. But I'm reminding myself frequently of the following:
1. BookLikes has in the past communicated far more often than they didn't; even when they stopped the Thursday updates they frequently responded to posts and group threads. So it is logical to admit the possibility that something is stopping them from communicating with us as freely as they have before. This is at least as logical as the possibility that they've blown us off completely.
2. Aside from the email notification debacle, which seems to be hurting them as much as it is us (they can't get new members), the site continues to work smoothly for just about everyone. Yes, there are glitches here and there for individual users but they aren't any more numerous than they were before.
3. At least for me, the site speed has increased dramatically in the past few weeks, so someone has done something, somewhere. It's not only been faster, but it's been consistently faster.
I'm concerned about the alleged sale, but less so that the site will shut down than what new owners will do with it - will it just become a marketing vehicle? Will they change the essence of what we all love so much? But I can't find any logic in someone buying it to shut it down (Amazon aside); there seems little value in just mining dead data - yes, our data is valuable to publishers, but it's only valuable as long as the data keeps coming in.
Having said all of that, I'm not blindingly naive; I'm backing up my data from this site to another (LeafMarks) and I'm watching carefully what other people have to say about other sites out there. If the worst happens here, I don't know whether I'll ever participate fully anywhere else again - no other place offers me such a perfect combination of features as BookLikes. But never say never...