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Zapd homepage screenshot.png
Status Offline
Archiving status Saved!
Archiving type Unknown
Project source
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IRC channel #archiveteam-bs (on hackint)
(formerly #crapd (on EFnet))

Zapd is like Tumblr, in that it makes making pretty websites super easy, but Zapd does all its web building magic from your iPhone.”

Current status

Well, the site's still _technically_ online, but all data has been purged. Check out, for example. See Archives below.


Zapd sunset homepage screenshot.png

The News

Fast-growing RealSelf gobbles up Zapd, names Kelly Smith chief experience officer

September 11, 2013 at 8:26 am by John Cook

You could call this an “acquihire.” But, in this case, it’s really just about grabbing the talents of one person.

RealSelf is buying Pressplane, the parent company of Zapd, picking up the skills of experienced entrepreneur and designer Kelly Smith in the process. Zapd will be shut down at the end of the month, though some of the technology will be carried over to RealSelf, which is building what it dubs the world’s largest community of cosmetic surgery, dermatology and dentistry.[1]

The Email

September 28, 2013

Zapd has been acquired!

The Zapd service will be discontinued on October 7, 2013

Today I wanted to share that Zapd has been acquired by RealSelf. RealSelf is the leading online resource for elective cosmetic medical procedures. As the new Chief Experience Designer, I'll be leveraging everything we learned at Zapd to help build a better mobile engagement experience. The Zapd website and mobile apps will stay up until October 7, 2013 and then will be shutting down.[2]

Site structure

  • All content is served via javascript, with javasscript disabled you just get an empty template.
  • They have a url shortener
  • url scheme is, #[a-z], #[a-z][a-z], or [a-z] . # represents a number 0-9.
  • Had 350k app downloads in 2011. At worst they have 500,000 users.
  • No API
  • All images are hosted on Cloudfront
  • Comments have no separate page or url for items. They are served dynamically
  • You cannot view the like information without logging into Facebook
  • It only shows the newest 5 comments for any item. There appears to be no way to see older comments or show all comments.
  • Working example url:
  • Each "story" page has all the necessary data as a json blob instead of a script section.
  • The json part has all the urls to images under "full_image_url" and users can be found via "Contributor" -> "url"
  • All!

Crawling Process

  • We are still trying to discover urls.
    • We got a bunch off of /all, but more sources (e.g. Google, Bing) are welcome.
  • We are working on code to scrape the content.
  • Commoncrawl had no urls for zapd.
  • shortcodes: zapd_shortcode.txt.xz, urlteam_zapd_co

How can I help?

At time of writing, the project is not yet active in the Warrior yet (but it should be soon).

If you are comfortable running the scripts manually, check out the project source GitHub repository.

Join us in IRC to be kept informed of any news.


Archives are located on the archiveteam_zapd collection.

Note: The Wayback Machine will not be able to playback the artifacts properly due to JavaScript. You will need to pick apart the web pages for URLs and manually enter them. Again, join us in IRC for assistance.