MediaCrush was a media hosting service. The website accepted many types of files, including images, video, and audio. MediaCrush also converted GIFs into MP4s, resulting in smaller files and thus faster load times.
On January 28th, 2015, MediaCrush announced it was shutting down and would no longer accept uploads.
Published January 28th, 2015
MediaCrush is being shut down today. Before I tell you why, I want to clarify a few things:
- All content uploaded prior to today remains available
- The open source project is still alive and well
It's been a year and a half and we've come to the point where we can no longer continue this project. We have reached our storage capacity, and our ad revenue and donations are lower than ever. We cannot justify expanding our infrastructure and costs to continue losing money on this project. I'm extremely grateful to the folks who have been here for us, but it's time for us to move on to other things.
We will answer your questions on Twitter @mediacru_sh, and at our personal accounts @sircmpwn and @jdiezlopez. You can also participate in the relevant thread on /r/MediaCrush. Personally, we're going to switch to img.bi and pomf.se for our needs. You can find more alternatives to MediaCrush at Prism Break. Your upload history (if you enabled it) is still available here.
Thanks for your support, everyone.
Drew DeVault and Jose Diez, the MediaCrush founders
26,726,597 page views
11,100,380 users served
375,595 files uploaded
12,245 albums created
50 PB bandwidth used
2 exhausted founders
There was no official gallery or list of files, making archiving very difficult. Additionally, one of the founders had said that the content "won't stay up for a very long time".
Both co-founders dropped by #mediacrushed and an archiving plan was worked up. All of the content on MediaCrush was uploaded to archive.org. Additionally, Imgrush, a MediaCrush-based website, has imported the backups and is hosting the data on their website.
- MediaCrush source code
- MediaCrush /transparency folder (includes financial statements and analytics)
- MediaCrush subreddit
- On the profitability of image hosting websites by Drew DeVault