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Fotopedia Is Shutting Down; Data Avallable Until August 10 45

Posted by timothy
from the grab-now-if-you-want-any dept.
New submitter Randall Booth writes Fotopedia has sent notice to its users that it is shutting down. 'We are sorry to announce that Fotopedia is shutting down. As of August 10, 2014, Fotopedia.com will close and our iOS applications will cease to function. Our community of passionate photographers, curators and storytellers has made this a wonderful journey, and we'd like to thank you for your hard work and your contributions. We truly believe in the concept of storytelling but don't think there is a suitable business in it yet. If you submitted photos and stories to Fotopedia, your data will be available to download until August 10, 2014. After this date, all photos and data will be permanently deleted from our servers."
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Fotopedia Is Shutting Down; Data Avallable Until August 10

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  • by Dutch Gun (899105) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @12:52PM (#47575689)

    ... where your data disappears and your apps stop working the moment the company goes under.

    Post-PC era my ass.

    • by jimmetry (1801872)

      It's all smoke and mirrors...

    • it was a free service. want to rely on the cloud, dont be a cheap ass and pay for a commercial account somewhere.

    • by Animats (122034)

      ... where your data disappears and your apps stop working the moment the company goes under.

      Right.

      Last night I went to a panel in SF on the "House of the Future", which all participants interpreted to mean "hooking your appliances up to the Cloud for access via phone apps". When your cloud-based home control provider goes bust, (or just discontinues the "obsolete" interface your devices used) your gadgets will stop working.

      People with cloud-based garage door openers, you have been warned.

      • Are they even talking about using enterprise principals of firewalling, local hardware with storage and security at ALL? Or is it all cloud apps with logins the whole way down?
    • ... where your data disappears and your apps stop working the moment the company goes under.

      Where's goatse when you need it? Oh wait, it's offline too...

    • by knarf (34928)

      Post-PC is debatable, some people really don't use a 'traditional' personal computer (as in a laptop or desktop running a 'traditional' desktop operating system) any more. Instead, they use a mixed bag of mobile gadgets, slimmed-down laptops running something like ChromeOS, etc.

      But... that does not mean the 'P' in 'PC' can be tossed with the garbage. Far from it, now more than ever that P is the most important letter in the acronym soup. It just means you might want to change the acronym to 'Personal Cloud'

  • "You will lose an important disk file."

    Like the backups of your Fotopedia submissions.
  • Translation... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 31, 2014 @01:08PM (#47575785)

    Facebook, Twitter and Google weren't interested in buying us out and making us rich beyond all reason, so fuck it all.

  • by istartedi (132515) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @01:16PM (#47575847) Journal

    Raise your hand if you never heard of it. There's just too many people that want to do this kind of thing. I don't think it would have helped them, but the site design sucks too. 1. Metro-like on the front page, always a bad sign. 2. Read the article on Zanskar, which is interesting except that the borderless wall of photos that fill the window is too hard to scroll through on my machine... It jerk, Jerk, JERKS and I have to play finger games to maybe get it to line up right. Don't make it hard on your users like that.

    I suppose it all looks great on an iPad, but really... writing code that accomodates different (and not nearly as uncommon as you think) browsers really shouldn't be that hard.

    Of course none of that would have saved them because like I said, there's too much of this stuff already.

    I look forward to more $unknown_site is shutting down articles on /. in the future.

  • Oh No! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by frovingslosh (582462) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @01:20PM (#47575885)

    Oh no, Fotopedia is shutting down. First, the mandatory "Who the hell is Fotopedia?"

    But then the translation: Hype-speak "We truly believe in the concept of storytelling but don't think there is a suitable business in it yet." translates to "Apple or Google or anyone else with more money than sense failed to offer us billions of $$$ for our little toy, so anyone who backed us with their IP can't play with us any more."

    As to the quickness of a ten day window, I don't think that is a real issue. Anyone foolish enough to not have retained copies of their images that they store with Fotopedia may lose them, but they gain an important life lesson in return.

  • by azav (469988) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @01:24PM (#47575923) Homepage Journal
    nothing is yours.
    • by lgw (121541)

      Was fotopedia "the cloud"? Seems like just a web service just like any other service from the BBS days. Of course, not keeping a local copy of anything in the cloud is a bit silly, but for goodness sake pick a "cloud" with at least 1 million servers, not neverheardofit.com.

  • by jonfr (888673) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @03:41PM (#47577155) Homepage

    So it appears that the new IT bubble (or internet bubble 2.0) is starting to show signs that it is about to burst. It always starts with companies like this one, since they normally run out of money first. This collapse is going to be interesting.

  • If you want to save your fotopedia data go to http://www.fotopediatoevernote... [fotopediatoevernote.com] to save your fotopedia data to your Evernote account.

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