HISTORY IS OUR FUTURE
And we've been trashing our history
Archive Team is a loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage. Since 2009 this variant force of nature has caught wind of shutdowns, shutoffs, mergers, and plain old deletions - and done our best to save the history before it's lost forever. Along the way, we've gotten attention, resistance, press and discussion, but most importantly, we've gotten the message out: IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.
This website is intended to be an offloading point and information depot for a number of archiving projects, all related to saving websites or data that is in danger of being lost. Besides serving as a hub for team-based pulling down and mirroring of data, this site will provide advice on managing your own data and rescuing it from the brink of destruction.
Currently Active Projects (Get Involved Here!)
Archive Team recruiting
Active Projects Not Yet Ingesting
- Sketch: Sony doesn't seem to like their user's sketches. Shutting down 2019-09-30. IRC Channel #SketchedOut.
- Reddit: Banning communities that generate bad PR for Reddit Inc. IRC Channel #shreddit.
Recently finished projects
- Facepunch Forums: Contained ~33 million posts and shut down on 2019-06-12. IRC Channel #faceplant.
- YTMND: Shut down on 2019-05-12. Content and database were donated to Archive Team. IRC Channel TBD.
- Google+: Google finally realised they failed. Shut down on 2019-04-02. Archive Team's largest grab to date with just short of 1.4 PiB (1424 TiB) saved. IRC Channel #googleminus.
- GeoCities Japan: It's GeoCities all over again... The Japanese version shut down on 2019-04-01. IRC Channel #notagain.
Hiatus / Missed the Mark
Yahoo! SmugMug decided to kill it after finding Yahoo!'s plans to do so before they were bought by Verizon. IRC Channel #flickrfckr.
- Tumblr: Yahoo! considered killing it, now Yahoo has been acquired and Verizon declared war on NSFW blogs. IRC Channel #tumbledown.
- Textream: Yahoo! Japan has killed yet another platform... Large Japanese discussion forum went partially down in early 2019-01 (?). IRC Channel #textreamer.
- Google News Archive: Let's store all newspapers at Google, WCGW? IRC Channel #papersplease.
- Quizlet: Flashcards and other learning tools IRC Channel #quizletusin.
- yuku: Lately yuku is very unstable and hosting thousands of forums. Project currently paused. IRC Channel #archiveteam.
- Audit 2014: It's time to verify our shit. IRC Channel #auditteam. THIS PROJECT IS ON HIATUS AND WILL BE RETURNED TO AS AUDIT2018.
- Google Groups: "Gone within a year" (SketchCow, 2016-06-07).
- The Escapist: Staff activity dwindling due to layoffs, remaining supporters are doing it for free. IRC Channel TBD.
- DevPort: This portfolio SaaS provider has reportedly been having infrastructure issues, and removed their social media accounts. Possible impending shutdown.
ArchiveTeam uses the EFnet IRC network – irc://irc.efnet.org – webchat: http://chat.efnet.org:9090 – More info
Archive Team News
- July, 2013: Snapjoy died. We grabbed what we could.
- May, 2013: Xanga announces a "rehash" in the form of paid accounts, and a kickstarter.
- April, 2013: Yahoo still hasn't learned its lesson, and closes Upcoming.
- April, 2013: Telinco, Nwnet deletes ALL the things.
- March, 2013: Google decides RSS feeds is for hipsters, closes Reader.
- March, 2013: Formspring catches on fire.
- March, 2013: Yahoo burns the messenger.
- February, 2013: IGN is acquired by Ziff Davis, and announces the closing of 1up, UGO, and Gamespy.
- February, 2013: Posterous announces it's deleting history at the end of April.
- January, 2013: That took long enough! We've turned on new user account creation, with a "are you human" edit checker added.
- August, 2012: It's August Cleanup time! We're shutting off new user accounts while we clean out spam and generally shore up the ol' barge.
- May, 2012: Tabblo announces its closure scheduled for May 30th, giving its userbase just ten days of warning. Archive Team is on the case.
- May, 2012: Archive Team's save of Stage6, a defunct video sharing site run by DivX, Inc. is permanently preserved at the Internet Archive.
- April, 2012: 20 million Friendster accounts spanning 14 terabytes are successfully rescued for permanent storage by Archive Team.
- March, 2012: FortuneCity announced the end of its free-hosting model, threatening around one million user-generated websites.
- March, 2012: We've switched servers to one of those new-fangled hosting companies that aren't hacked. We're going to sell you a lot less in the way of medical supplies now.
- December, 2011: POE News says it will soon be nevermore: Announcement
- December, 2011: GamePro magazine halts publication and their website goes dark.
- November, 2011: Archive Team rescues over 1.3 million users' data from Splinder's closure.
- July 2011: Archive Team teaches you how to rescue data from Floppy Disks.
- May, 2011: Friendster is deleting everything at the end of the month.
- May, 2011: Archive Team keeps it classy at poetry.com.
- April, 2011: How about some Google Video?
- March, 2011: The 2011 Personal Digital Archiving Conference talks are available.
- February, 2011: Let's watch some Yahoo! Video
- December, 2010: Archive Team is Delicious!
- October, 2010: Archive Team offers Geocities as a torrent.
- December 23, 2009: Yahoo shut down starwars.yahoo.com. We got a copy.
- October, 2009: Geocities closing is definitely the top of the charts.
What is What
- Deathwatch is where we keep track of sites that are sickly, dying or dead.
- Fire Drill is where we keep track of sites that seem fine but a lot depends on them.
- Projects is a comprehensive list of AT endeavors.
- Philosophy describes the ideas underpinning our work.
Some Starting Points
- Software will assist you in regaining control of your data by providing tools for information backup, archiving and distribution.
- Formats will familiarise you with the various data formats, and how to ensure your files will be readable in the future.
- Storage Media is about where to get it, what to get, and how to use it.
Quote of the Moment
"[Yahoo!] found the way to destroy
the most massive amount of history
in the shortest amount of time
with absolutely no recourse"
Internet Atrocity! GeoCities' Demise Erases Web History
By Dan Fletcher, TIME Magazine, Monday, Nov. 09, 2009
Recently Ended Projects
- Google Reader - Grabbed 46M feeds before it closed July 1, 2013.
- Posterous - Blogging platform acquired by Twitter on March 12, 2012. Closed April 30, 2013.
- MobileMe - Apple's file storage and sharing service, which hosted over 200 terabytes of data, shut down on June 30, 2012.
- Tabblo - A site where users told stories with pictures. Closed May 30, 2012.
- FanFiction.Net - Around 7 million fan-fiction stories hosted on what may be the largest site of its kind in the world. They're not shutting down but Archiveteam has a copy "just in case".
- Geocities - We archived most of GeoCities mother fuckers!
- FortuneCity - It may be gone but we've still got it