DailyBooth, a “photoblogging” social networking site to which I’ve been a member of since (almost) the very beginning, just announced that they are shutting down business.
This shouldn’t be a big deal (and probably it’s not) but I can’t help but feel weird about it shutting down. I mean, there are a bunch of websites that start-up and shut down all the time, but this time it’s different. It’s weird, I know, I shouldn’t talk like a sap about a website, but I feel bad for the company…and the loss of my awesome username.
I remember back in 2009 when it was all the rage; All the cool kids had a DailyBooth account. I found out about the website because I remember a bunch of YouTubers were promoting it, to the point even Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore being on the site. I hesitated creating an account because I didn’t see the point in having one. But naturally, as I usually do, I gave in.
I’m happy having created it; because even though I wasn’t the most active user on the site, now, I’m so glad that I was a part of it. Looking back on all the pictures and moments that I’ve had on the site just brings a smile on my face. It’s like going through a giant online photo album of what my life has been these past 3 years. Naturally not all of them are as worthy of an “ahhh” moment, but some great memories come to mind from some of those pictures…
A nice example of a great memory is when I was in Argentina I took this picture and when I was in the airport moving to Holland I took this picture. All significant moments in my life, to which if it not had been for the site, I wouldn’t have them so easily documented and shared with the world.
It’s such a shame that more work hasn’t been done to the site, it just feels as if the site was abandoned. The hype was gone and it felt as if nobody cared to keep it going. I wish the company would explain more as to why they’re closing up shop, because (I believe) a site like this in the end is worth saving. It just lost its mojo. I mean, there has been throw pillows dedicated to the site by Throwboy, API-Integration from Twitter and Flavors.me (and countless others) and it even made a bunch of appearances at several web-related conventions like VidCon. So, people (and other businesses) saw potential.
Alas, all great things must come to an end. So with that, I bid you farewell DailyBooth. May someday another site come that is as awesome and fun like you were…and let’s hope I get as awesome of a username again!