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Viddy
Viddy logo
Viddy - Capture Life in the Moment..png
URL http://www.viddy.com
Project status Offline
Archiving status Saved! (most of it)
Project source viddy-grab, viddy-items
Project tracker viddy
IRC channel #viddiot
Project lead Unknown

Viddy was a video hosting service like Instagram. The service had its own url shortener service viddy.it, just to make sure the impact of the closure is even worse.

Viddy announced to be shutting down December 15th 2014 after joining Fullscreen.

See also Epic, another Viddy site, with the same shutdown date. ArchiveTeam saved that with tools developed for Viddy.

Shutdown

Message on viddy.com website:

"Viddy is powering down, but you’ll hear from us again soon…
We’ve been building something new and exciting since joining Fullscreen in January, and as we focus on the future, Viddy will be pulled from the App Store on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, and will officially shut down Monday, December 15th, 2014."

Site Structure

  • www.viddy.com/JustinBieber/v/soundcheck-LDS3p9
  • www.viddy.com/media/af2745dd-d085-4b3a-9017-085f72f6334a
  • www.viddy.it/Syv46W

API Scraping

Through scraping the public API (reference for dedicated API here - this mostly applies to the public API: http://viddy.com/v1/... ), computerfreak is compiling a list of user IDs (currently ~4 million retrieved) and media IDs (currently ~500k retrieved). These are available here (user IDs in the viddy_user* files, and the media data (UserID, MediaID, comment_count, like_count, view_count) in the viddy_medias* files).

The user IDs were obtained by doing a BFS on user's followers (script stopped after about 2 days of running), and the medias were then obtained by getting the media listings for each user. Obviously this is not every single user or every single video, but it is certainly a good starting point. As of Nov. 29, computerfreak is continuously running a script to get new user IDs and is pulling off the new IDs and fetching the associated media info.

Archiving report

2014 November: Discovery started through URLTeam project, and user computerfreak also did an efficient discovery.

Video downloading: started 2014-12-01. User pages downloading: started 2014-12-11.

Although viddy.com was shut down on 2014-12-15, some of the servers stayed alive, from which we went on downloading until 2014-12-17.

We grabbed what we knew of (discovered).

Archives

Until they are moved into a collection, you can find Viddy archives here.


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