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Soup.io, a tumblr-like blogging platform running since 2007, will shut down and delete all data on July 20, 2020

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    hungariantoast
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    More info in this post: Thanks for your feedback I know nothing about this site or its history, but this seems very abrupt? Like, why not openly ask for donations and be transparent about funding...

    More info in this post:

    Dear soup-users.

    Thanks for sharing your sympathies. It is also a hard time for us. As some users asked regarding costs & revenue streams as about open sourcing soup.

    We are currently paying near the 10,000€ mark per month and our revenue streams are at 1,500€.

    The infrastructure and micro-services of soup became more and more complex over the years and the amount of data is huge, really huge. To serve nearly 6 million users is a resource-intensive duty.

    This is also the reason why we dropped the idea of open-sourcing soup. It's too complex to maintain and to hand-over.

    We took the hard decision that we have to end it here. :(

    I know nothing about this site or its history, but this seems very abrupt? Like, why not openly ask for donations and be transparent about funding issues before, you know, you're ten days away from death? I would think that six millions users could probably support most of those costs, or at least give the site enough of a lifeline to somehow optimize and reduce operating costs.

    Then again, what do I know.


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    Oh, they have a donate page and were apparently showing ads for non-pro users. I wouldn't know, because I block ads. Micahel, the guy who publishes Phoronix, is constantly complaining about how adblockers have devastated his ad revenue. Maybe it's a similar situation?

    In addition to monthly and annual subscriptions, they also have a $250, one-time purchase, and apparently only nineteen users have purchased that? Maybe "tumblelogging" is just too tight a niche to be competitive in?

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    1. Deimos
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      Also worth noting that according to Crunchbase, Soup received at least €80,000 in venture capital in 2007 and 2008. Yes, that's not a massive amount of money and it was a long time ago, but it...

      Also worth noting that according to Crunchbase, Soup received at least €80,000 in venture capital in 2007 and 2008. Yes, that's not a massive amount of money and it was a long time ago, but it should still mean that they're not totally in control of the company, and that there are investors that have been expecting a return out of it eventually. Just reaching a break-even/moderately-profitable state probably wouldn't have been good enough.

      I also see this article on TechCrunch talking about "soup.me" receiving $530,000 in VC in 2012. It specifically says that it's a "reboot service" of soup.io, but the soup.me site no longer exists, so I'm not certain. Their inactive Twitter account does have an identical logo and a location of Vienna (same as soup.io), so it's probably true that it's the same company.

      That's definitely a much larger amount of VC, and would make it even less possible for "sustainable" to be an acceptable end goal for the site.

      (repost of my comment from the HN thread)

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