Sites come and sites go. The longer you blog, the more blogs and internet services you’ll find disappearing or becoming something else, because they stopped, were merged, acquired or simply wanted to start earning some (more) money.
For some time I used to keep track of blogs that passed away in a category Dead TravelBlog Society.
Recently I’ve been confronted with several services being closed down. Services that I used in one way or another for my blogs. Therefore I’ve decided to create a second, broader category “Internet Graveyard“. For the moment I’ll leave the two existing next to each other and sometimes overlapping each other.
How to keep track of all the changes?
Every WordPress Blogger should use the nifty WordPress plugin by the name of Broken Link Checker by Janis Elsts of W-Shadow.com. See for W-Shadow’s blog post regarding the pluging W-Shadow | Broken Link Checker. I’ve been using it a couple of months now and it is a great tool to keep your blog lean and mean with links that work.
From time to time, through this plugin you’ll find out that one or another nifty 3rd party service you are using has stopped.
And Slide.com did Stop
According to its site, Slide.com has closed down as of March 6, 2012 and is not longer available.
Luckily I had to rework just one post where I had used their Slideshow.
Furthermore they seem to have given a nice advanced warning of their plans:
Update on Slide’s products and our commitment to our users
We wanted to give you all advance notice that in the coming months, a number of Slide’s products and applications will be retired. This includes Slide’s products such as Slideshow and SuperPoke! Pets, as well as more recent products such as Photovine, Video Inbox and Pool Party. We created products with the goal of providing a fun way for people to connect, communicate and share. While we are incredibly grateful to our users and for all of the wonderful feedback over the years, many of these products are no longer as active or haven’t caught on as we originally hoped.
Most importantly, we wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that we’re committed to helping our users preserve their data as easily as possible. We recognize that many of you have stored valuable content with us and want to assure you that, wherever possible, you will have ample time to download that information or transfer it to another service.
For example, on Slide.com, we will enable users to either download their photos or export them to a Picasa account. We are working to release this export feature over the coming weeks and, once added, users will have several months to take advantage of transferring their photos.
In this respect they have done better than some other services I will address shortly.