Like a fragile flower, continually littered by link rot, the web is not helped at all when outfits like Storify just rip their content out of the web’s fabric.

Three years ago, for no real reason beyond the imagination in my head, I published a video featuring 35 web site skeletons dancing to the beat of that toe-tapping Queen song (a midi version).

Storify, and maybe more need to get in the act. I tweeted a call out asking for suggestions as comments to the video

So far, I got…


I’m not impressed by Impression Data

The massive activity, all the data on my tweet, all of which produced no responses to me request. **** I forgot to say “please”

I gotta say, if I were designing a BloomDog’s taxonomy for social media activity, the value of a “like” or a “retweet” would be some crumb way off to one corner of the pyramid.

The Like/Retweet mentality produces a nano shot of endorphin with the illusion we have done something. The actual impact of this activity, especially if it is the limit of your online contributions, can be easily rounded down to Nada.

Can I shame anyone into helping me? All I am looking for are once free web services that have been shuttered, mothballed, trashed. Just URLs. Is that too much to ask for?

Here was the 2015 list, that even than, was paltry. Some of these came from the Island of Dead Toys in 50+ Web Ways to Tell a Story, some came from some Wikipedia searching.

Help me, Obi Web Kenobe, tell me more. Use the comment form below. Or tweet me. But for ****’s sake do something beyond liking or retweeting this post (which means I will end up now with zero likes/retweets). Some links still work, but usually not to the original content, often a redirect to the web axe that chopped it down.

  • Anyhub
  • AskJeeves
  • Aviary
  • Clipmarks
  • Connotea
  • Fotopedia
  • Friendster
  • furl
  • Geocities
  • Google Answers
  • Google Buzz
  • Google Helpouts
  • Google Lively
  • Google Notebook
  • Google Reader
  • Google Wave
  • iGoogle
  • Jaiku
  • Jaycut
  • Jumpcut
  • ma.gnolia
  • Orkut
  • Posterous
  • pownce
  • Qik
  • simpy
  • SixDegrees
  • Tabblo
  • Technorati (blog search)
  • Trovebox
  • Twitpic
  • Xtranormal
  • Yahoo Auctions

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so)


  1. Alan – a recent closure that has impacted the work I do scheduling meetings with teachers across the globe is – I used this tool for years, and now it is gone.

  2. You know about Storify already. I used it for a digital essay in my MEd study. Other students in the same course report that Tackk has gone the same way and sadly for them, without the notice that at least Storify have given us.

  3. It’s not ‘dead’ but Photobucket killed off all ability to direct link from other sites to your own Photobucket hosted content unless you were prepared to pay them so truly eye watering annual fee.

    I wasn’t, so thousands of forum posts going back a dozen years or more that had embedded imagery now only show the broken link icon.

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