It was a sad day for bloggers and website owners who had been taking advantage of Repost.us to publish free quality content to their sites. On June 21, Repost announced that they were shutting down due to lack of funding. According to the Repost website:
Repost is Shutting Down.
When we created Repost, we recognized that the existing syndication models were broken and served only a fraction of the web. We set out to change that, and we achieved a lot – 8500 sites, 8 million articles in our system, and we served content to over 100,000 domains in more than 100 countries.
Unfortunately, although the technology worked well, the business model didn’t. We’ve been unable to raise additional funding, and as a result we will be closing down the Repost service. We are looking at building an open source version of Repost as a WordPress plugin. If anybody would like to fund that development, please contact us.
Repost was very similar to the Reblog feature in WordPress. However, with Repost, publishers from any web platform could make their articles available for republishing, while retaining ownership of the content and ensuring that they gained the proper credit and links back to their content. Articles even contained the original publisher’s branding and advertising. And, bloggers who were looking for syndicated articles to complement their original works to keep fresh content on their blogs could add complete articles with the click of a button. It was a win-win for publishers and content providers alike.
I had used Repost a couple times in the past on my SharePointWendy blog, and I know that a couple other bloggers in the SharePoint community were signed up as publishers, along with a few SharePoint vendors. But I don’t think it garnered the use from the SharePoint community that it could have. I really do hope they are able to make the code open source because it was such a great concept.
So what exactly does the closing of Repost mean for people who were using the service? Again from the Repost site:
What happens now?
Effective today we will disable new embeds and disable the ingestion of new content. We have also modifed our scripts to remove the repost button from sites in our network.
On July 31 2014 we will shutdown the Repost api servers and all embedded content will cease to be available. We plan to keep our http://s.tt/ link shorter active through the end of the year so links in the embed code will still reach the source article.
All other api calls will be directed to a service that returns an error (this so your site doesn’t hang trying to talk to a nonexistent server). This server will be live until 12/31/2014. Shortly before this server is finally remove it will start returning a script that shows an alert warning sites they have redundant code installed.
If you are interested in any of the assets of Repost, it’s intellectual property and patent application, domain makes etc please contact us.
John, Tim, Theresa, Flint, Danette, Cecily, George.