09 Jan

The day has come that I never wanted to see, the possible closure of InternetGumshoe.

The last few weeks have been bad. We have had our financial backer pull out and we have let go all our part time staff, advertising revenue has been low due to our U.S. based readership when we are based in the U.K.

It has became clear that without some increase in finances, we are no longer about to break even. I had been supplementing the earnings of the website by paying for applications where the developer was unwilling to give promo codes or review copies of the application.

We have seen a sharp decrease in webOS developer offering promo codes, so we are faced with either only reviewing free application (and we have covered over 80% of these already with our FARU articles) or paying for the applications you are asking us to review.

Sadly, our iOS audience is also in decline, we are able to get promo codes for these application, but feel it is unfair to the developers to ask when some reviews are getting fewer than one hundred views when the Touchpad applications figures are in the several thousands.

So, unless something changes very soon, I will be forced to close down the InternetGumshoe, at present this looks like it will take place on the 16th January 2012.

The site will stay available for a while, but no new articles will be added.

Many of you have been loyal and wonderful reader, giving feedback and sending in requests and we have been more than happy to review the games you wanted to know about.

This impending closure is particularly sad as we believe we have been one of the best sites around for webOS application reviews, as we have covered well over 300 webOS titles.

If you can be of any help at all then please let us know, as frankly I do not want the InternetGumshoe to disappear when webOS needs all the help it can get.


Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Article, Soapbox, webOS



  1. RossMonkey

    January 9, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Sorry to hear that you may be closing, why don't you try getting some donations from the readership, maybe this will help to pay from the reviews?

  2. dmiller

    January 10, 2012 at 1:41 am

    I would be willing to donate. Tell me where…

  3. notamac

    January 10, 2012 at 4:36 am

    You are one of the sites I go to as daily as possible. I'm willing to donate to keep you in business for Touchpad. Thanks for all the work you have done.

  4. blade

    January 10, 2012 at 4:52 am

    You are aware that your webOS readership is so high is because there's an app on webOS that Includes a view of your site.. Right? Try that on other Platforms 🙂

  5. Admin

    January 10, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Many thanks for the kind comments over night guys, both here and via the contact us form.We are planning to put up a Donate PayPal button for those who wish to help financially. Also thanks for the offer of promo codes, these are more than welcome.We have tried to get our name out there in the iOS marketplace, including putting links into 3rd party apps, but there are so many websites reviewing iOS software now, that our iOS readership are in the minority now.If we can get a little funding for the Donations, then we can look at refocusing on webOS.

  6. Bio

    January 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Looks like apple ios is killing everything on its way first was the cellphones competitions then computers with its iPad now even websites .anyway sorry to see that happening to you guys and thx for all the hard work.

  7. gdot

    January 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    What about adding a flattr-button, too (as an option for using PayPal)?

  8. greg

    January 13, 2012 at 5:23 am

    why not partner with webosnation and imore. I have downloaded so many apps just cause of this site.

  9. bethel95

    January 14, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I'm the one who recommended your site to the webOS News app devs (the news reader app previously mentioned). I had been wondering how that had impacted on your readership stats over the past few months (since Oct?).Yours is by far the most useful webOS app review site, if for no other reason that you're there every day with something new–even webOS Nation (formerly Precentral) and webOS Roundup get out app reviews only every few weeks (or months) or so. When I first discovered your site (via a Google search for webOS app reviews, as I recall), I was astonished by your prolific output–hence my quickly pointing the webOS News devs to your feed.I especially appreciate both your responsiveness to review requests and your willingness to make comparative comments (with respect to apps similar to the one being reviewed), thus helping us with our app purchase decisions.One thought: Given your US-centric readership, have you targeted US vendors for advertising?I'd also encourage you to contact the webOS News app devs–your RSS feed is a big part of their app's value, and I suspect that they might be willing to help you leverage their contacts to track down some US revenue sources.

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