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The Deathwatch or Watchlist is a central indicator of websites and networks that are shutting down and serves as an indicator of what happened to particular sites that shut down quickly.

New sites should be added in chronological order, newest death date first. Forward-looking death dates should be added to the first list only. Sites large enough to warrant additional information will receive a dedicated page, linked from here and on Category:Closing projects.

A list of sites which warrant pre-emptive monitoring (either for their cultural significance or because they appear to be endangered) can be found at Fire Drill. Some general brainstorming is at Deathwatch/Misc.

Pining for the Fjords (Dying)

Websites (notable or with user-generated content) that are definitively shutting down. No speculation please! Sites that appear troubled should go on Fire Drill.


  • Russian federal and regional authorities will gradually close their websites on the Internet and transfer information resources to the Gosuslugi portal. This process will take about five years.[1]







  • December 31: 4Players[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a German gaming news site and community, was supposed to shut down, according an announcement on its sibling site[IAWcite.todayMemWeb].[179] However, no notice was posted on the site itself, and as of 2024-02-23 it is continuing publication. (4Players previously announced that it would close on 2021-10-31,[180] but on 2021-11-01 instead reported that it would be continuing under new ownership.[181])
  • October to November: The Tor Project discontinued support for v2 Onion Services.[182] The core Tor software stopped supporting them in versions,, and, all released on 2021-10-26;[183] Tor Browser dropped support in version 11.0 on 2021-11-08.[184] As the network upgrades, v2 addresses become inaccessible even from old clients.
  • September 30: Khan Academy planned to remove its MCAT preparation material[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]. (This was originally announced for 2021-07-15, but later delayed.)[185] However, it subsequently announced that the course would remain available until 2026.[186]
  • September 10: Bklyner[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a Brooklyn news site, ceased publication.[187] Still online as of 2024-02-23.
  • "mid 2021": Docker Hub will start deleting free accounts' "inactive" images (those that have not been pushed or pulled in 6 months), comprising almost one third of the total data. This was originally announced for 2020-11-01,[188][189] but later delayed.[190][191] As of 2024-02-23, promised further announcements have not been made, the "Container Image Retention Policy" page has been deleted, and the pricing page does not mention image retention; it's unclear whether Docker Hub ever pursued this.[192]
  • 2021-03-31: Periscope, the livestreaming service owned by Twitter, shut down its mobile app and went read-only. "Broadcasts that were shared to Twitter will live on as replays",[193] while "Periscope web at, [sic] will remain available as a read-only archive of public broadcasts."[194] Videos are still available on both Twitter and as of 2024-02-23.
  • "Per 2021": Dutch 'information library' InfoNu[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] went read-only. Still online as of 2024-02-23.


  • Unknown: Penguin Random House in December 2019 has been sold to Bertelsmann, which already controlled it. Changes may be coming.
  • December 14: PornHub disabled all content uploaded from unverified accounts (meaning accounts that haven't been officially registered/verified to a specific performer or company) without prior announcement, following a dispute with MasterCard and Visa. It is unclear whether accounts will be able to retain content if they go through the verification procedure. MindGeek, the owners of PornHub, own a number of other large sites, such as YouPorn, PornHub, Xtube, Tube8 and Thumbzilla, that may be the next to look out for.
  • ca. October 9:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], Dell's "backup" download site for drivers & Co. in case their (JS-laden) support site[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] broke.[195] As of 2022-09-17, it is still online, although it JS-redirects to the JS hell site.
  • February 4: The Myst Online[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] and Cyan[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] forums went read-only.[196] Both were to have shut down completely on 16 June 2020 in favor of static archives; in fact, the Cyan forums remained online until March 2021 (it's unclear whether any official static archives are available) and the Myst Online forums are still online as of 2022-09-17.


  • Unknown December 11: Twitter will begin purging inactive accounts.[197][198][199][200][201][202]
  • October 10: Splinter News[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] (G/O Media) ceases publication. The future of the website is unclear.[203] Still online as of 2022-09-11.
  • September 20: Mozilla software community site mozillaZine's admin kerz announces that the site will be frozen.[204][205] The forums and wiki are both still online and functional as of 2022-09-11; however, the admin is unreachable and the domain expires on 2026-09-06.[206]
  • September 6: ThinkProgress ceased publication but will apparently remain online for the time being. Still online as of 2022-09-11.
  • June 1: SuperTopo[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]'s forums[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], with over 2.2 million posts, went read-only.[207]. Still online as of 2022-09-11.
  • March 30:, Google's URL shortening service, was frozen, but existing shortlinks will continue to resolve.[208]


  • October 1: Large Manosphere blog Return of Kings with 5,800 articles and an active comments section is going on hiatus. Still online as of 2022-09-11.
  • September 14: Racked ceased publication but will continue serving the archives for now.[209] Still online as of 2022-09-11.
  • September onwards: ZAM Network is shutting down a variety of websites since September.
  • Date unknown: Harvard's web blog service is removing blogs by people not currently at Harvard.[210]


  • October 26: Xoom: websites frozen, only serving static files since. Probably preparing for closure. Still online as of 2022-09-11.


  • Date unknown: Pirate Bay image hosting site "Bayimg" returns after it shutdown in the raid. However, staff announced that the site would only be up for a week.[211] As of 2022-09-11, the site is still online.
  • January 1: AutoHotKey's older, IPBoards based forum has been made read-only, in favor of their new forums. Users were migrated but forum posts were not. [212][213] As of 2022-09-11, the boards were still online.

Dead as a Doornail








  • December 26: shut down[663]. (Partially saved through ArchiveBot job:qx301xmy0y3u21jju9y2ldvh.)
  • December 17: Tumblr nuked all adult content (or what their algorithms thought was adult content[664]).[665]
  • December 17: Cengage/Questia deletes HighBeam, a database of newspapers and periodicals.[666]
  • Late November or December: The OpenShot video editor's user forum was shut down.[667][668] It was later redirected to the OpenShot subreddit.[669] Any posts not crawled by the Wayback Machine are lost.
  • November 5:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], an IRC logger/log hosting service, shut down.
  • October 10: 品葱[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was taken down by the Chinese Communist Party due to high quality criticism and reactionary to communism and China.
  • October: Mozilla Addons deleted all legacy addons.
  • October 1: 天空部落 TIAN purged blogs that don't "match the future business direction".
  • September 30: TF2 Outpost and its companion sites CS:GO Outpost and Dota Outpost shut down. (Related: ZAM Network)
  • September 30: Wikispaces Plus and Super Wikis closed.[670]
  • August 10: TalkTalk deleted its personal webspace.
  • August 1: Tindeck permanently ceased operations on August 1st, 2018, in response to the EU considering changes to Article 13 of the European Union Copyright Directive.[671]
  • July 31: Wikispaces Classroom and Free Wikis were decommissioned.[672]
  • July 31: Go90, mobile video service, was eighty-sixed by Verizon.[673]
  • July 18:, a red pill and self-improvement forum, has been shut down because the owner's wife demanded him to shut it down after the owner was doxed.
  • July 16:, the US government's Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality's National Guidelines Clearinghouse, went dark. It was a government database that one researcher said "was our go-to source, and there is nothing else like it in the world"[674]. ArchiveTeam archived the whole site in June 2018. It was added to ArchiveBot again in July to make sure that everything's covered: job:1faxz160pkjk4yhndfizglop6.
  • July 13: GameForge shut down the old Runes of Magic forums (US[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] and EU[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]).
  • June 28: Bungie shut down the old Halo forums and purged detailed statistics for Halo games.[675]
  • May 16: Storify
  • April 16: German technology discussion forum GIGA-Forum
  • March 30:
  • March 30: Website for the video game Halo Wars (including large forums)
  • March 6: podcast site made read-only for 60 days then shutdown (companion site to
  • March 5:, with one million posts and 170,000 members, was shut down. "Sorry, this forum is no longer active. The posts/threads you see will remain available to read, however new registrations, posts, threads and any type of update will no longer be allowed. Thanks!"[676] "...5th March 2018 the forum will be deleted and will no longer have hosting..."[677]
  • March 1: Polish free webhosting service Republika WWW (according to emails sent out to users).
  • February 28: Polish free blog hosting
  • February 6: app removed and site made read-only for 30 days (companion to
  • February 1: Mapzen announced on 2 January 2018 that it "will cease operations at the end of January 2018. Our hosted APIs and all related support and services will turn off on February 1, 2018. You will not be charged for API usage in December/January.".[678] Many open source cartographical resources were present here.
  • January 31: Spanish comics/art/blog/forum Subcultura
  • January: Manga hosting website Batoto


  • Date unknown: closed down after having many non-working pages and download for around a year.
  • Date unknown: Elfwood has been home to tons of fantasy and sci-fi art and fiction since the late 90's, though since June 2016, plans for a "new Elfwood" have been put on hold. According to Wayback Machine, was last seen functioning normally in March 2017.
  • December 15: Vidme[679] - video sharing platform.
  • December 15: CompuServe Forums[680]
  • November 30: Twitter translation center forums closed; only forum accounts created prior to November 1 will work.
  • November 8: Miiverse, Nintendo's social network which had a client in the 3DS and WiiU consoles and was also for the most part accessible over a PC web browser, was shut down. While incomplete, a good chunk of the content was unofficially backed up onto a new site.
  • October 9:, started in 1999, was a comparison shopping website. The large community forums covering many topics from finance to tech. [681]
  • September 4: Torrent Project[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a large database of 103 million torrents with collected metadata such as mediainfo, started displaying a 403 error. It remained online on the .onion domain at first. As of July 2020, the hidden service is also unresponsive, and the site is not known to have returned to clearnet since 2017.
  • July: OpenBitTorrent disappeared.
  • June 30: Eroshare, a pornographic sharing service, shut down. All those Reddit links, useless...
  • June 23: Imzy[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a discussion community website, shut down.
  • March 17: LoadAverage, a GNU social instance (Twitter clone) shut down[682]
  • March 10: Version 2 of Dead Horse Interchangeable[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a forum for mocking online personalities, was shut down by for violating their terms of service. The userbase migrated to ProBoards ([IAWcite.todayMemWeb]), and then to a self-hosted domain two weeks later ([IAWcite.todayMemWeb]), but countless posts from version 2 have been lost.
  • March 3: Disney Infinity shut down all community services[683]
  • January 31: J:COM NET closed down webhosting service WebSpace [684]


  • Date unknown:
  • Date unknown: According to akz, self-identified in #archivebot as a moderator of the site, Captain Luffy Forums would be closing when the hosting expired, as the owner had chosen not to renew it. It finally did so sometime after August 10th.
  • Date unknown: Lots of older sub-domains (e.g., died. DNS had already been repointed but the old hosts were still online as of 2016-12-20[685]; everything is dead as of 2020-07-02.
  • December 31: was like, except the data was hosted on the site.
  • December 27:, one of the most popular Hungarian image sharing services, ceased operations.
  • December: Convozine[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] started having technical problems[686]. They shut down their mirror site on June 1, 2017[687][688].
  • November 17: What.CD[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] suddenly shut down. One of, if not, the largest BitTorrent music trackers on the internet. "Due to some recent events, What.CD is shutting down. We are not likely to return any time soon in our current form. All site and user data has been destroyed. So long, and thanks for all the fish."[689]
  • November 10: Nifty ended web-hosting service. A number has migrated to LaCoocan.[690]
  • October/November: Desura and Indie Royale[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], after the bankruptcy of Bad Juju Games in June 2015 and an acquisition by OnePlay.[691]
  • October 31: Vessel shut down after it was acquired by Verizon. [692]
  • October 31: Twitterfeed shut its doors on October 31st, 2016. They recommend Buffer ( or
  • October 25: Bioware shut down their forums. They were made read-only on August 26 and taken down entirely on October 25.[693]
  • October 23: removed all videos and shut down their website for good. They claimed that this was because their site is no longer profitable enough to run and maintain the website.
  • September: was a public social todolist/quests service. The author announced that it will be closed soon.[694] He is willing to dump the database. The code in open on[IAWcite.todayMemWeb].
  • September 30:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] shut down.[695]
  • August 31: Sunrise Calendar shut down to make way for Outlook. Blame Microsoft.[696]
  • August 5: Yahoo! discontinued supportfor all legacy versions of Yahoo! Messenger and shut down the servers for good. [697]
  • July 31:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], shareware and other software payment processor that started in 1994, shut down with no notice, claiming: "For the past ten years Kagi has been struggling to recover from financial losses due to a supplier fraud situation. We have reduced the debt but the recovery has failed and forced us to close."
  • June 27: Music News Nashville[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] ceased publication. "All of our archives will remain online for at least one more year." The domain expired sometime between December 2017 and February 2018.
  • July 27: has closed the portal to the "PGN Community", home to over 90000 unique user-submitted images[698]
  • July 20: Kickasstorrents has been seized and the tor domain is offline as well. Fortunately, Proxies exist that have some of the data cached, but it's only a matter of time before the cache gets deleted or the proxies stop working. [699]
  • July 19: Webmonkey now redirects to after having been abandoned for three years.
  • June 11:, which hosted a large men's rights forum, has been shut down.[700]
  • June 1: Arto, the first Danish social site, shut down (800.000 users about 2-3 TB data estimated).
  • June 1:, Danish blog site (subproject of Arto)
  • May 18: GameTrailers, after officially suddenly closing on February 9, went down and started redirecting to their YouTube channel instead.
  • May 13: Beatport shut down "the Streaming service and mobile app, Beatport News, the Video livestreaming platform, and the Events section".[701]
  • May 1: (3-months notice) and CudaDrive are shut down.[702][703]
  • May 1: Google's Picasa Web Albums were shut down.[704]
  • March 31: Japanese hosting service "Free Ticket Theater" shut down.[705]
  • March 21: Futanariobsession[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a niche porn site that has been running since 2009/09/01, officially closed its doors.[706] It remained online for over two more years and ultimately disappeared around September 2018.
  • March 15: Barnes & Noble's Nook App Store, Nook Video, and the UK Nook Store were shut down.[707]
  • March 15: Google's Picasa was discontinued.[708]
  • February 1: by Jacob Bijani (Tumblr creative director until 2013) (urlteam results) More than 900 URLs.
  • January 31: "Crazy-simple online resumes." by Jacob Bijani (Tumblr creative director till 2013)
  • January 25: Google Code shut down.[709]
  • January 21: Google Maps Coordinate shut down.
  • January 15: Oyster (book service) closed its shell.[710][711] The public-facing side was saved with ArchiveBot on 2015-10-04.


  • December 31: GuildPortal
  • December 19: DumpTruck - a storage cloud that shut down and removed user data with a 2 months prior notice.[712]
  • October 29: Wizards of the Coast (Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons etc.) shut down its community forums.[713]
  • September 30: Club Nintendo shut down worldwide.
  • September 30: Yahoo Pipes gets clogged up.[714]
  • September 10: Sony discontinues PlayStation Mobile[715].
  • August or September: 80s science fiction fansite and community's domain no longer resolves.
  • August 27: is gone in a blip.
  • August 25: Blingee dies and deletes 9 years of user content.
  • July 31: Google Moderator disappears (goes read-only on June 30).[716]
  • July 24: Surfersparadise closes down most of its websites and content, including the Miss Surfersparadise illustration contest, after making an announcement just 11 days prior. [717]
  • July 30:, emoji-based social network was set up as a joke but they are shutting it down seriously.[718]
  • July 10: SoundTracking sunsetted.[719]
  • July 6: XFire social profiles are burnt up.[720]
  • June 30: Freebase shuts down.
  • June 13: Hungarian image hosting service goes down with nearly 80,000 (or, according to inner source, 1.6 million) pictures, one week after it was scheduled to.
  • June 9: staff decided to go down with 1.6 million files (and thousands of pastes). Fortunately, they contacted ArchiveTeam and let them get a copy.
  • May 31: Gitorious is no longer glorious after acquired by GitLab[721]
  • May 30: Foodily recipes vanished in space void.
  • May 17: got kicked out of the hosting market.
  • May[722]: AOL shut down MyDaily[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] and ParentDish[IAWcite.todayMemWeb].
  • April 30: Hiveminder shut down (user data could be requested by email until May 8th.)
  • April 30: Google Helpouts shut down.
  • April 30: Grooveshark shut down due to years of copyright issues.[723]
  • April 17: Yahoo's URL shortener drops its YQL table.
  • April 10: FriendFeed shut down, one day later than it was scheduled to.
  • April 9: Yahoo Transliteration got shut down for "focus" reasons. [724]
  • April 10: FriendFeed ([IAWcite.todayMemWeb]) got unfriended by Facebook.
  • March 31: Trovebox got looted.[725]
  • March 31: RapidShare shut down.
  • March 19: got lost in history[726].
  • March 18:,, etc. is no-go and takes its anime offline[727][728].
  • March 15: did its last poll (server stayed up for about a month afterwards.)
  • March 15: Google Business Sitebuilder became a business sitebreaker.[729]
  • March 15: CloudOn[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was cloud-offed after getting acquired by Dropbox.
  • March 12: Ovi Store is replaced by Opera Mobile Store.
  • March 12: Roon ( met its doom. The site was supposed to have shut down on Dec. 31, 2014.
  • March 8: popped their drives.[730]
  • March 7: Target Ticket expired.
  • March 5: sent its last mail.
  • March 4: ToonTube (by Launchpad Toys) shut down. No site access, login only.[731]
  • March 3: Internet Centrum deletes its phpcities.
  • February: was killed by truTV.[732]
  • February 28: Web hosting service Page ON shuts down, taking several websites with it.[733]
  • February 26: Apple crashes TestFlight.
  • February 23: Odysee shuts down.
  • February 16: Google Talk is shut up.
  • February 15: Wizards of the Coast will shut down its LISTSERV mailing lists[734].
  • February 13: MediaCrush got crushed.
  • February 11: has lost us[735].
  • February 7: Cricket Wireless will discontinue Muve Music.
  • February 3: Joystiq[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] (by AOL) is discontinued[736] and was shut down on 17 March[737].[738]
  • February 3: The Unofficial Apple Weblog is officially dead[739].
  • February 1: Molto melts away.
  • February 1: Samsung ChatON goes quiet.
  • February 1: Inkblazers will be Inkerasers[740].
  • January or February: Nakido[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a file sharing site, resolves a domain parking page.
  • January: AOL Autos is shut down.
  • January: Image hosting site Majhost quietly disappeared. Curiously, as of 2017, its whois registration is still renewed regularly. Its LEGO-related counterpart, Brickshelf, remains active.
  • January 31: Transformers Universe collapses[741].
  • January 26: has been acquired by Squarespace[742]. (Shutdown originally planned on 19th.)
  • January 15: eFreeGuestbooks couldn't compete with social media[743]
  • January 15: HP shut down webOS cloud services.
  • January 15: Nokia Chat became Nokia's latest victim.
  • January 15: HumanIPO publishes its last story.
  • January 15: vStreamers goes offline.
  • January 12: DreamBook is burned by DreamHost[744].
  • January 12: Nokia Memories is forgotten[745].
  • January 12: Gnome (Gnome Platform, formerly Interclick) and Right Media Exchange (Right Media Inc) is shutdown by Yahoo!.[746][747][748]
  • January 2: Leelah Alcorn's Tumblr blog and other online presence is removed[749].
  • January 2: Nokia Trailers, which was supposed to shut down on December 31, 2014, shut down.
  • January 1: wasn't forever.
  • January 1: tvtag was untagged.



  • December 26: Wretch and Yahoo! Blog is closed by Yahoo!.
  • December 21: ClanBase[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] is no more. The company that bought the website in 2004, Global Gaming League, decided to "move on" after basically running the website into the ground.
  • December 20: WinAmp, home of the Winamp media player, shuts down.
  • December 18: Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning closes.
  • December 15: Everpix, a photo-sharing service, shuts down.[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was saved, the rest lost.[763][764]
  • December 12: Hyves closes its social network, but it's now got games!
  • November 18 (and back through 2012): Disney nuked a bunch of online games: Pixie Hollow Online, Cars Online, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, Toontown Online. The futures of the large fan forums and an extremely completist wiki are doubtful.[IAWcite.todayMemWeb][IAWcite.todayMemWeb][IAWcite.todayMemWeb][IAWcite.todayMemWeb][IAWcite.todayMemWeb][IAWcite.todayMemWeb] The Pixie Hollow fan forum specifically announced that they will not be archived, and the Cars Online forum seems to have a similar warning, while the other forums for the shut down games will apparently be migrated into this:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  • November 11: is dead.
  • November 7: Dopplr drops out from the web.
  • November 1: Zapd deletes its user data from the website.
  • November 1: iGoogle shuts down.
  • November: BerliOS is barely alive.
  • November: Bitmit, a Bitcoin marketplace, shut down.
  • November: Going to call this one before it even starts, friends: Legacy Locker[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] promises lifetime control of your data and return of your data to loved ones for just $300 for "lifetime", or $30/year. Archive Team says to just say No.[765]
  • October 31: Nintendo shut down Full Screen Mario[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]. It's GitHub repository[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] should be archived in case it goes down.
  • October 21: isoHunt was always going to shut down after an MPAA settlement. However, it did so earlier than expected to prevent archival efforts, claiming that 95% of torrents were available elsewhere. No mention of the metadata though.
  • October 11: RomBay shut down, now redirects to[IAWcite.todayMemWeb][766]
  • September 30: OMGPOP shut down, and now redirects to Zynga's main site. There was a petition[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] to stop it from closing, which did not gain much traction.
  • September 30: MSN TV, aka WebTV, no longer accessible.
  • September 1st:, a TV torrents tracker/site, shuts down.[767]
  • September: closes without notifying their users. Unknown number of blogs lost.
  • August-September:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a file hosting website, suddenly shuts down, giving their users little to no warning.
  • August 31: Jux announced that they would be shutting down on August 31, 2013. On July 17, 2013, Jux announced that they would not shut down, apparently due to financial support from one of their members.
  • August 31: Rockmelt shuts down after being acquired by Yahoo!.
  • August 21: Amplicate vanishes, leaves behind 502 Bad Gateway errors.
  • August 20: Catch closes its doors.
  • August 19: Wow! Cool Facts About Gaming[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] shuts down, thankfully leaves everything up.
  • August 9: Google Latitude shut down.
  • August 5: Astrid is shut down after being acquired by Yahoo!.
  • August:, a site dedicated to saving select quality threads from 4chan, disappears one last time after a hardware failure, never to return.
  • July 31: All third party downloads disappear from Yahoo! Downloads.
  • July 25: Yahoo! Stars India is shut down.
  • July 24: Snapjoy, acquired by Dropbox in December 2012, is shut down.
  • July 19: Google shuts down Alfred.
  • July 9: Yahoo! Neighbors shuts down a day after it was supposed to.
  • July 8: AltaVista, one of the oldest search engines, shuts down.
  • July 1: FoxyTunes and Yahoo! RSS Alerts disappear from the web.
  • June 30: Yahoo! demolishes Yahoo! WebPlayer.
  • June 28: Yahoo! shuts down Axis, Browser Plus and Citizen Sports.
  • June 28: Nintendo shuts down all of its WiiConnect24 services, except for the Mii Channel, Wii Shop Channel, Mario Kart Wii Channel, and the Wii Speak Channel.
  • June 4: Adrenaline Vault, a video game review site, has this posted on their Facebook profile: "Over the past weekend hackers hit the site with a DoS attack. Everything had been wiped and with no backups, everything was lost. It has been decided that Avault will remain closed. Rest in Peace, Avault."
  • June: Omploader[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], an anonymous file upload site, has announced that they are about $2500 in the hole on hosting costs, and that there is possibility of their shutting down if donations do not improve. It stands to reason that there are some files among their database that are worth saving. An attempt to contact the administrator for more information and to be given a dump of the site was made, and he responded saying he'd be happy to rsync a copy of the data after some legal issues have been settled.
  • April 30: Posterous, a blogging and life streaming platform, shut down its "Posterous Spaces" to focus on Twitter.
  • April 30: Circalit decides in March that deleting is easier than migrating[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] its prose-writing users.
  • April 30: schülerVZ once the most used social network for pupils in Germany, closed its doors.
  • April 20: Microsoft Collection Book, a site dedicated to collecting information about Windows betas, shuts down due to a C&D from Microsoft. It reopened on May 5 as The Collection Book.
  • March 31:, a comedy website running since 1995 closed down, and replaced all its pages with a goodbye image.
  • March 29:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] Play 4 Free Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes (WOH) shut down
  • March 25: Epinions locked out its users.
  • March 24: The OpenSolaris Hub[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] and all sites under, including the site hosting the OpenSolaris source code, were decommissioned by Oracle. OpenSolaris was an open source computer operating system based on Solaris and originally created by Sun Microsystems. After the acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010, Oracle decided to discontinue open development of the core software, and replaced the OpenSolaris distribution model with the proprietary Solaris Express.
  • February 28: Stickam[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a major video chat service, shut down. Users were emailed and given the ability to download any recorded videos for 3 weeks in advance of the closing date.
  • February 21st:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb],[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], and[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] all run out of lives.
  • February: Regretsy shuts down.
  • January 31: shuts down.
  • January:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], an URL shortener, has all of its domains on sale on Sedo. No official word just yet, though.


  • December: Piczo[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a social network for teens, has announced that it's shutting down.
  • October 29:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a Polish video game news portal, was closed in May, and later wiped entirely on October 29. The articles have been retained at the publisher's other video game portal,, but the article comments and the forums are gone (It also had user blogs, but they seemed to have been erased much earlier.)
  • September 26:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a central distributor of FOSS commit messages to IRC channels, got its database deleted by its web host. There were no backups. It had been running for a decade (although it had changed maintainership a year before).
  • August 17: Ponibooru (not to be confused with PoniBooru -- -- which began in 2012-07-17[5]), a famous My Little Pony-related imageboard, shut down[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] by August 17. All of the images themselves (but not the comments) were available to download via torrents, though it is unknown if the torrents are still available. A possibly full torrent dump is available at, which hosts the image files on the website. Currently the most popular/upvoted images are available via another imageboard, Derpibooru, but their copy is incomplete.
  • August: Parodius Networking, which hosts numerous web sites related to classic video game platforms, died
  • July 30: Kasabi[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a data publishing platform created by Talis[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was announced[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] to be closing on July 30, 2012. While the service has only been around for ~2 years it represents a unique look at services for Linked Data, and contains a variety of datasets. Kasabi has a blog post[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] that announces the availability of datasets contained in Kasabi to ease archiving.
  • July 26: doesn't accept more images. Uploaded pictures still there long after, though.
  • July 1: The Polish social network has disappeared, replaced by a file hosting service on July 1, 2012. Most content from the old site was supposed to be migrated, but, according to a message on the main page, technical difficulties have delayed the migration by one or two weeks. It's getting increasingly late...
  • June 30: Apple MobileMe, iDisk, iWeb, and included services. This major website and these services will shut down in 2012[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], simply because web hosting is boring and they want to focus on the exciting "iCloud". [768][769]
  • April 30: Google Wave shut down on April 30th.
  • April:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] shut down in April 2012. The site hosted IRC conversations, and involved a lot of JavaScript.
  • February: Hungarian free hosting provider Eplanet[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] stops free service as of February 2012; unknown number of pages disappeared and probably deleted.
  • January 19: The popular file hosting service Megaupload has been shut down in January 2012; with it, Megavideo too is gone. It was mainly used for copyright infringement, but lots of perfectly regular files were hosted on it.
  • Fileplanet [770]. Already fully archived.


  • August/September: Google Labs closed. [772] and many great/experimental one of a kind tools vanished. Among many others "google sets" that had been around since a long time, "City Tours" some includeing user generated content and the exciting "google squared" [773] that was an approach to pass more artificial intelligence to the user than conventional searchengines (compareable to wolframalpha) but seemingly based on a bigger/vast pool of data just like standard google searchresults). Since there is hardly any obvious rationale(?) for closeing down "Google Labs" it pictures google as being either less supportive or even hostile to new inoventions and less responsible with usergenerated content or more secretive about their ongoing projects than one might thought before or than Google might was before indeed. 1 Jan 2011 Whatsgoingonwithgoogle 18:06, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • May 31:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] closed on May 3, 2011 and deleted everything on May 31, 2011. Users who heard about the closure were given the options of either transferring their photos and videos over to or purchasing a DVD with their content for $15.00.
  • April 16: Encyclopedia Dramatica shutdown on 16. April 2011 without warning. Ongoing reconstruction Efforts. A lot of Images and Articles are probably lost. (The replacement OhInternet is a very strongly sanitized Version of ED.) ED is claiming that they are in danger of shutting down. Despite the controversial nature of many articles hosted on the wiki, this would be a big loss of historical records.
    A lot of the Images and Pages are still missing. Help appreciated.
  • March 31: Yahoo! Video shut down on March 31st, 2011 and was reborn as a video portal.
  • March 16: Microsoft closed Windows Live Spaces on March 16, 2011. Spaces owners had the option to migrate their blogs to WordPress or to make copies. As of January 4, 2011, they could no longer edit their existing Spaces.[774]
  • February 22: The Insurgency Wiki is a wiki with a community that created multiple guides and raids for Anonymous, in a similar manner to Encyclopedia Dramatica. It's status has always been unclear, with many mirrors coming and going. But as of Feb. 22, 2012, the last mirror,, looks like it has some damning database error. Just in case, the Bibliotheca Anonoma has made a full backup, including all available images available.
  • February/June: The IRC logging service[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] shut down. Back in 2007, it had controversially used un-labeled bots to archive (and publish) logs of IRC channels without notification or permission.
  • January 17: The Sims Carnival: [775]
  • January: The wiki hosting site, hosted by MindTouch, shut down on the first week of January 2011; the explanation being that "in order to continue to support the growing needs of our MindTouch Express users, we are offering MindTouch Cloud", which "opens up additional features and functionality that are not available in". The only way you'd know all that is if you receive a warning e-mail from MindTouch. They offer to keep your site running by "upgrading to our paid Cloud version by filling out this short form.[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]"


  • December 17: The Symbian Foundation[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] will shut down its websites, Twitter account, Facebook page, bug trackers and remove access to its source code on 17 Dec 2010[776][777].
  • December:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was reworked in December 2010, and by "reworked" we mean massacred. Most notably, the forums were deleted, as well as tons of older articles.
  • November: BrightFuse[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was a small social network started as a side venture by in August 2009. It was quietly shutdown November 2010 without much fanfare. At its height it has 100k users.
  • October 31: isweb lite, the Japanese GeoCities, shut down on October 31. Thousands of personal homepages of artists and illustrators were deleted forever. A tiny sample of the pages deleted: [778] isweb itself (paid hosting!) will shut down in May 2012. [779]
  • September/October: Vox[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] shut down at the end of September 2010.
  • Mid-2010: JuniorNet, a subscription based online portal for children, was quietly shut down nearly a decade after it dot-bombed and was acquired by former employees.
  • May 31:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] essentially closes down its galleries, and members are migrated to
  • April/May: Kid Radd[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was a notable and quite popular webcomic which vanished when AT&T discontinued their Worldnet service. Thankfully, an archive is available, e.g. here[IAWcite.todayMemWeb].
  • March 31:, largest free hosting Hungarian hosting provider goes paid-only; deletes unknown number of free sites on 31 March 2010.
  • March 1: Storytlr[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a lifestreaming site, stopped hosting March 1st 2010.
  • March: Platinum[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], once a popular Finnish web site associated with electronic dance music, clubbing/raving, and the other related things was closed in March after been running for years. All the content posted to the forums of the site was, however, obtained and made available by Klubitus[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], another related portal popular in Finland.


  • December 6: favrd, a website that aggregated favorite tweets from twitter, abruptly shut down on December 6, 2009 with absolutely no warning, killing off thousands of highlighted entries added by group-consensus over significant months. As a reward for their efforts, founder Dean Allen wrote this helpful message: "Alas, stars on Twitter have become mere take-out menus hung on the doors of other restaurants. There are still lots of clever and funny things to read every day, but finding these is no longer a challenge â you already follow your sources. Sites like this one now serve mainly as fuel for emotional up-fuckedness in the guise of a game. Just an idea: next time you see something you like, write the person who made it a note telling them so. Even better, explain why. Take care!" Advice to people who want to work with Dean Allen's projects in the future: don't.
  • November: seems to permanently off-line. It ceased to re-direct email for some time ago and as per 11-23-09 it doesn't redirect even URLs any longer.
  • October 31: Microsoft Encarta, the online encyclopedia with a 15+ year history, is being shut down. The US version will shut down on October 31, 2009 and the Japanese version on December 31, 2009. [780]
  • October 26: GeoCities: Shock! Repeat Offender Yahoo announced that it would close GeoCities "later this year...We'll send you more details this summer." [781]. The plug was pulled on October 26th 2009. See the Geocities project page for more details.
  • August 31: Microsoft's SoapBox has announced it is getting off said soapbox on August 31, 2009. [782].
  • August 30ish: ArchNacho's & TortillaGodzilla's Quality ROMs, a site that hosted ROMs for NES, SNES, and Genesis games, which has announced its effective death back in January 2006, is now finally completely inaccessible, both on its original domain[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], and on the site that the domain masked[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]. The Wayback Machine contains a mirror of the site up through August 30, 2007, which is after all updates to the site ceased. All ROMs hosted on QualityRoms are included in the mirror and can be downloaded from there.
  • August 24: Microsoft's Popfly [783] pops off into nowhere on August 24, 2009.
  • July 13: Yahoo! 360 announces [784] that they are closing up shop on July 13, 2009. Of course, you can still register an account but that's the first thing you're told.
  • June 25: Imeem, a site for sharing music and convincing yourself that what you're hearing is good, announced[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] on June 25, 2009 that they were "simplifying" things and deleting all user-generated photos and videos uploaded by users. They gave everyone five days to get their photos off, and then extended it to twenty days from the ensuing hue and cry. The uploaded videos had no way to extract them back.
  • June 15:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] became the latest example of Yahoo!'s awesome respect for history and data, announcing the closure of the video hosting and editing site, for June 15, 2009. A software utility has been released to allow you to download the movies from Jumpcut. Otherwise, you are not in great shape - Yahoo says you can move your videos to Flickr, but Flickr cuts off at 90 seconds. A lot of homemade video is going to disappear.
  • May 31: Rejaw, a microblogging platform, has announced that it will be shutting down on May 31 2009 [785]. It's gone.
  • May 21: MSN QnA Beta closed on May 21 [786]
  • April 20: Coghead[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], " a web-based service for building and hosting custom online database applications and a software as a platform 'utility computing' company", announced it had closed up on February 20, 2009, and that the site would go down permanently on April 20, 2009. [787]. It did.
  • April 17: Furl[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was a social bookmarking service that had been around since 2004. It was acquired by Diigo (announced on March 9), allowed people to opt into transferring their bookmarks to Diigo, and shut down on April 17.[788][789]
Did we say upline? We meant offline.
  • March 31: It doesn't get more ironic than this: Upline[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a HP-owned online backup service, is being shut down.[790] They almost immediately turned off the backup process, and then announced all your restorable data would go offline on March 31, roughly 30 days after announcement. Surprise!
  • March 31: Google acquired Etherpad[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] on 4th December, 2009 and immediately announced[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] a March 2010 content deletion date. After community pressure, Google has decided to open source the Etherpad codebase[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], keeping the service alive until then. The site closed down shortly after. Fortunately there are now are numerous alternatives.
  • March 30: Yahoo Briefcase, a positively ancient site run by Yahoo that provided you with 25 free megabytes of storage space for your junk, sent a mail to what were likely years-old contact addresses to tell them they had a little more than a month to get their files out, March 30, 2009. After that, the files would be deleted. What, Yahoo doesn't have a spare memory stick to store what must be the amount of files in this service for the next year?
  • March 25: Yahoo! Farechase, an airline fare aggregation and searching site, was shut down on March 25, 2009. It had previously been its own company, founded in 1999, and purchased by Yahoo! in 2004. [791]
  • March 20: Spiralfrog[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], "a FREE service that lets you download over 3 million songs and videos, legally and safely", pulled up stakes in the night and completely shut down on March 20, 2009. [792] Things looked so promising in 2006: [793] Oh, and sadly, all your music you downloaded from them will stop working within 30 days or less. [794]
  • March 17: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was put up for sale[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], but found no buyer, and the print edition stopped on March 17th 2009 after 146 years. [795] Initially, reports indicated it would shut down the website as well as the paper, but a plan was apparently in place to run a "skeleton crew" on an internet-only site, which continues to operate.
  • March 11: Videosift[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] had a combination database and backup failure, losing: "All votes, ever. All member usernames who registered later than around 12 months ago. All member rankings. Your member profile info (e.g., bio, favorite sift, etc.), if any. All activity that happened on the site yesterday, March 11." This is unlikely to kill the site, but an awful lot of data was lost.
  • March 6: Scoopt[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a "citizen journalism" site run by Getty images to allow the uploading of images by citizen journalists and the chance to be licensed to news organizations, announced they would no longer take any new imagery after February 6, 2009, and will shut down completely on March 6, 2009. Some content uploaders "may" be contacted about being absorbed into the main Getty site.
  • Sometime between February 28th and March 23d:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was redirected to The free music it offered does not seem to have been transferred, however (the band Ancient Teknologi had several tracks available on, but only one available on As of 28 February, it claimed to have 111.052 MP3s.
  • February 28: Lycos Europe shut down their Tripod hosting service on February 28, 2009. [796] [797] Note that Lycos Europe are distinct from Lycos Europe is also shuttering the social networking site Jubii as of February 15, 2009. [798] A Danish version of the site will remain open for the time being.
  • February 27: The Rocky Mountain News[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] has shut down as of February 27, 2009. [799] We're watching to see what happens with the website (and the material, and the newspaper itself). With a 150-year history, there's a lot of backstory, and how this chronicler of history will end up, so too will many others. There is an excellent documentary about the last days of the Rocky Mountain News here[IAWcite.todayMemWeb].
  • February 23: Windows Live shut down the MSN Groups on February 23. They extended their original date from February 21st to give Group owners the weekend to prepare. [800]
  • January 31:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] had a catastrophic disk corruption/failure on January 31, 2009. From the message on the main site: "As I evaluate recovery options, I can't provide a certain timeline or prognosis as to to when or to what degree Ma.gnolia or your bookmarks will return; only that this process will take days, not hours." Ma.gnolia had an excellent export feature... hope you used it and did the backups they didn't!
  • January 28: Domino Magazine[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a style/interior design magazine, announced that they were shutting down on January 28, 2009. My Deco File[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], one of the site's heavily used social bookmarking features (somewhat like delicious for images) will remain up for a few weeks to allow users to save their stuff.
  • January 28: Culture11[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] ran out of money.[801]
  • January 27: Yahoo Pets was shut down and redirected with absolutely no notice around January 27, 2009. [802]
  • January 17: closed its doors[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] on January 17, 2009. As of Jan 20th, a mirror exists[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], alongside a repository of the totse text files[IAWcite.todayMemWeb].
  • January 15: (owned by AOL) has announced they are closing on January 15, 2009. [803]
  • January 15: (owned by AOL) has announced they are closing on January 15, 2009. [804]
  • January 14: Several Google services have shut down. [805] Most importantly, Google Video stopped accepting new uploads (to avoid competition with Google-owned YouTube), and Google Catalog Search was erased.
  • January 11: closed down on January 11, 2009.
  • January 9: AOL Pictures said so long on January 9, 2009. To their credit, you can still yank your stuff into other photo services until June 2009. (At least, according to their goodbye letter.)
  • January 6: Electronic Gaming Monthly has recently shut its doors. [806]


Biggest Botched Shutdowns of 2008

The full extent of warning AOL gave about shutting down Hometown.
  • October 27:, a photo hosting site, gave their users a 24-hour eviction notice on October 27, 2008. They shut down 10 hours after the 24-hour notice. [807]

Other deaths of 2008

The last person at Yahoo! Kickstart turning off the lights.
  • December 18: Yahoo! Kickstart, a social network for college students revealed in 2007 [811] got expelled on about December 18, 2008. [812]
  • December 16:, a social network for teenage girls, shut down on December 16, 2008. Users were advised to print out their digital scrapbooks as backups. [813]
  • December 15: Pownce[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was closed on December 15, 2008.
  • December 8: I Want Sandy[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was shut down on December 8, 2008. A lot of people complained about this one, while others thanked the site for shutting down and wished the founder well!
  • December 3: Yahoo Live![IAWcite.todayMemWeb] died on December 3, 2008. [814]
  • October 31: Compuserve OurWorld[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] slipped into history on October 31, 2008.
  • October 29:[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] failed to provide bloggers with the traffic they so desperately desired, and the creator admitted on October 29, 2008 that his 4AM idea may not have been so brilliant. [815]
  • September 29: ScribbleWiki wikis go offline. Apparently their servers crashed[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] and they didn't have a backup.
  • September 28: Yahoo! Mash, a social networking site, became mush on September 28, 2009, after 30 days warning. [816]
  • September 26: was a social blog site that died. [817]
    • Not too be confused with the ridesharing service of the same name, which now owns the domain name
  • September 18: Wallop[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], Microsoft's attempt at starting a social network, died on September 18, 2008. All that remains is a few Facebook apps. [818] [819]
  • May 21: Virtual Magic Kingdom closed its gates[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] on May 21, 2008. [820] The amount of broken hearts and anguish over this move was amazing, and a warning sign to any family-oriented site that encourages families to join up.
  • February 29: Stage6, a video sharing site, was shut down by DivX Inc. on February 29, 2008. [821]
  • February 14: Think Secret was killed by Apple and shut down on February 14, 2008. [822]
  • July 31: couldn't stand up to, and died. [823]
  • May 15:, a news aggregation site, closed on May 15, 2008. It might be closed for good. [824]
  • February: Yahoo! Design, a showcase of designing and information aesthetics related to the Yahoo! properties, got revised into oblivion in February, 2008 as part of a 1,000 employee layoff. [825]




  • http://IUMA.COM[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] (Internet Underground Music Archive), of Santa Cruz, California, the actual first website to offer free hosting of bands including MP3 files of music offered by the bands, was mostly archived by John Gilmore before going down. At least one IUMA founder now has a copy of that archive. This ~800GB collection has been uploaded to a collection on the Internet Archive.





  • CHV.Net, aka Cyber Hippie Vision, was a video game commentary and review site which had high quality game-play videos in MPG. It was based in South Korea, on a high speed connection, was very well done, and was far ahead of its time. It might have been a top YouTube or Twitch channel, had those platforms existed. Some videos have been re-uploaded to YouTube [6] . Some refugees still post in the 'chvliveson' refugee forum (now hosted on Tapatalk, formerly ezboard). [7][8][9] HitokiriMoonKnight is at
  •, a social network service website that lasted from 1997 to 2001
  • The Useless Pages (at IA)

Eleventh Hour Reprieves and Reanimations

  • will shut down at end of 2011[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]. The site hosts thousands of open source software projects (git, svn, bzr, mailing lists, bug tracking, etc.). Instructions for exporting a project.[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] Berlios is still open and they are now partnered with sourceforge[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] to keep things running.
  • The Bitcoin Forum ([IAWcite.todayMemWeb] announced it might close on 2020-07-23[829] or not[830] or merge with[IAWcite.todayMemWeb][831]. On July 27, it was announced that the site would live on.[832]
  • BugTraq, computer security mailing list, was announced to shut down 2021-01-31 along with the parent site[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]. The mailing list itself had been abandoned after it was acquired by Accenture from Symantec/Broadcom in February 2020.[833] On 2021-01-17, a new announcement was made that BugTraq would be kept running.[834]
  • Citizendium's finances constantly cry for money[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]. Running a MediaWiki site is cheap and Sanger is not homeless, hence it's expected to survive. WikiTeam archives it on a regular basis.
    • In late June 2020, a notice was added to the homepage that the project had failed and was going to end on 30 September.[835] A month later, it was announced that the wiki would keep running.[836]
  •, another URL shortening service, announced closure: "On Sunday, 25 Oct 2009 at 12:00:00 GMT, the service will stop accepting new short URLs and will stop logging analytics."[837] In December 2009, it was announced that the "social bookmarking" site Mister Wong has acquired and are keeping it running.[838] All aboard the TinyURL project.
  • CodingForum[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was going to shut down when its vBulletin plan expired on 2023-10-22[839], but a new owner was found[840][841].
  • Deadspin[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] (owned by G/O Media) fired its editor-in-chief on 29 October 2019; the next day, it lost its entire editorial staff to resignations and stopped publishing.[842] However, the editorial director responsible for the firing resigned, and Deadspin began publication again under a new team on 12 March 2020.[843]
  • Delicious[844] will be shutting down soon[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]. The whole team was let go yesterday - 15 December 2010. Slashdot link[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]. Delicious was acquired from Yahoo! in early 2011 by AVOS however all the prior content is gone.
  •[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], the official DuckDuckGo community forums, transitioned to their own platform[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] and moved all posts over from their old Zoho forum. Both are now redirecting to as of 27 August 2022.
  • Earbits bites the dust on June 16, 2014, but comes back to life on June 19th, 2014. In between, we grabbed ~130GB of images and ~130k MP3s.
  • FileFront[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] is closing up shop [845]. The site will be suspended on March 30, 2009. 1.5 Million files and 48+ TB of space gone just like that. As of April 2, 2009, it looks like there may have been an 11th hour reprieve for Filefront: according to a message reportedly from the original founders of the service[846], the site has been re-acquired by them in order to prevent its proposed shuttering. On 2010-11-30, FileFront rebranded to GameFront[847].
  • Formspring (now called announced they'd be shutting down[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] on April the 15th. It was, however, was acquired by new management on May 8, 2013, and saved from being shut down.
  • Free Music Archive was set to close in November/December 2018[848] but remains online for now[849].
  • GitHost announced they would be shutting down on April 30, 2015.[850] However, on April 26th, GitLab announced they had acquired GitHost and that user data would not be GitDeleted.[851][852]
  • Google Video threatened to remove all hosted videos with two weeks' notice in April 2011. It backed down after criticism and an archive effort by the Archive Team.
  • Home of the Underdogs went under on Feb 9th[853]. There has been some passed along words by the site's owner, now working at an NGO, that an attempt to bring it back may happen. (She definitely has backups of the site.) A community-driven effort to revive the site is currently underway [854]. Backups were restored, and the remaining files (1,000+) collected from the community. As of Jan 4th 2010, HOTU is reporting that files are back online [855]
  • Index[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a major Hungarian news outlet, fired its editor-in-chief on 22 July 2020[856]; two days later most of its editorial staff quit in protest.[857] Index discontinued its English-language news[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], but otherwise never stopped publishing.
  • INTO[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a digital LGBTQ magazine, stopped publication in January 2019 and was to have been shut down on 21 August 2020[858], but in fact remained online until its purchase and revival by publisher Q.Digital.[859]
  • JPG Magazine announced it would shut down on January 5, 2009 [860], but the site lives lives on under new ownership[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]. Feel free to download the torrent[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  • Jurnal Otaku[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], an Indonesian-language news site dedicated to Japanese entertainment, went on indefinite hiatus in July 2021,[861] but returned in March 2022.[862]
  • KeygenJukebox, which shut down in 2014, has recently popped back up.
  • Kiwi Farms[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a notorious forum that mocks "lolcows", was shut down on January 20, 2017 without a warning by its owner, but was restored three weeks later. In September 2022 they were dropped by DDoS-mitigation site Clodflare and were forced to retreat to a Russian domain.[863] Kiwifarms were later reported to have been dropped by their DDoS-protection there as well.
  • Linux Journal: Announced on 1 December 2017 that it is ceasing publication.[864] Announced on 1 January 2018 that it has been unexpectedly rescued.[865]
  • Minecraft Forum[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was going to be frozen[866] on 1 June 2019, but was then sold instead[867]. Online and operating as of 2022.
  • MobyGames, the largest database of old game releases on the net, with huge amount of content found nowhere else. Was bought by GameFly in 2010 and received a new site design in September 2013, which made almost all contributors emigrate. Many site features have disappeared or became broken in the new design, and their large database of cover art and screenshots had problems loading. In December 2013, the site was bought by Blue Flame Labs[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], who have restored the old site design and managed to draw back pretty much all the contributors. The site was purchased again, by Atari, in March 2022.[868]
  •[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], a large German car forum, was going to be shut down on 2024-01-01 by its owner[869] but was instead taken over in October 2023 by German Q&A platform gutefrage[870].
  • nyaa[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] shut down at May 2 2017 due to copyright problem, and revival at 10 day after[IAWcite.todayMemWeb].
  • Oengus[IAWcite.todayMemWeb], speedrun marathon tracker, was planned to shut down on July 1, 2021.[871] The creator subsequently accepted an offer to transfer management of the site so it can continue operating.[872]
  •[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was announced to shut down on 2020-06-09[873] except for now it won't[874].
  • OpenMapChest[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was announced on 2021-01-05 to be shutting down on 2022-02-26. After receiving a lot of feedback from the site's users, Ben (the site's owner) reconsidered and announced on 2021-12-27 that the site would remain online.[875][876]
  • The QVC Community[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] (user forums and blogs) announced in October of 2021 that it would be shutting down on 2021-11-02,[877] but reconsidered by 2021-10-15.[878]
  • RPGWatch[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was set to shut down in July 2022[879] but was later transferred to a new owner[880].
  • SoundCloud planned on introducing new upload limits (which would likely have led to deletions) on 9 December 2019[881][882], but reconsidered.[883]
  • StoryFire was going to shut down on 2021-02-01[884] but secured funding at the last minute[885][886].
  • Squat the Planet[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] forums were going to shut down on 2023-12-31[887] but was then taken over by a new owner[888].
  • The Time Scales[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was announced to shut down on 2020-07-31.[889] It was later announced that the site would live on.[890]
  • TwitPic's founder states it won't shut down and Twitter will take care of it. Not.
  • Unity Answers[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] was going to shut down on 2022-06-23 with less than two weeks of notice. After the community got angry, they reversed their decision (for now).[891]
  • Uploadir, a free filehoster (similar to catbox), was set to shut down on 2022-12-30 after 13 years of operation. New owners were found in December.
  • Video host Viddler announces in an e-mail newsletter[IAWcite.todayMemWeb] that they're shutting down free accounts on March 11, 2014. But Archive Team kicked in and began to suck up the place until the owners told us to stop. Videos won't be permanently deleted.
  • WebCite – Has a habit of crying for money, threatening it will stop accepting submissions. Since October 2013, the Wayback Machine archives pages on demand, hence there's no reason to use a site like WebCite that declares self at risk. It's expected that they'll send their data to Internet Archive if they ever really have to shut down.
  • wilko ([IAWcite.todayMemWeb]), a store that had previously gone into administration on August 10, 2023[892], was acquired by CDS Superstores (t/a. The Range)[893] in September, 2023.
  • Word Count Journal ([IAWcite.todayMemWeb]) is shutting down on June 11, 2011 UPDATE The site is fully up and running. (checked on October 21, 2011) UPDATE2: Non-functional, but the website is up with this notice "Word Count Journal is no longer being supported." (checked on January 26th, 2012)
  • YTMND ([IAWcite.todayMemWeb]) announced plans to shut down on August 29, 2016 and eventually went offline on May 12, 2019 due to a database failure. After an "outpouring of support" the owner decided to save the site with all content restored by March 31, 2020.


Other Sites Remember the Dead




  16. notes on top of jamboards
  23. shutdown announcement
  26. Email sent to users; screenshot
  63. 63.0 63.1[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  70. Notice shown on load of homepage
  82. Info box on the site as of 2024-02-11 01:30 UTC: 'Warning: Gotm will shut down permanently on the 16th of February 2024.' (screenshot)