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THE READERS HAVE VOTED. INTERNET GUMSHOE CLOSES

01 Jun

At the start of this year InternetGumshoe was days away from closure and our great readership saved it.

In the days that followed I received lots of support and the webOS readership donated over $120 within 3 days of the donation button going live.

I refocused the website to fully support the webOS platform and the iOS side of things became more of a side line. 

Sadly, even as we stuck with webOS, the readership appears to have not been so loyal to us or webOS.

Our readership has declined massively over the last few months with May showing a total of 2,650 visitors, which is less than 100 visitors to the website a day. 

In May we received a total donatation of $5, and spent $37.10 on hosting and reviews. The large increase in spending on applications was due to the lack of free applications being released and that only two developers offered promo codes for webOS software in May. As our goal was to bring you daily reviews it has meant spending money to review the new applications.

I have never been one to ask people for money and it was hard for me to take donations for the site, which I wanted to give information and reviews for free.

So given that the website has now almost run out of money and the readership has declined to less than one hundred people a day, I felt that I had to make a tough decision on the sites future.

As you may know, I am the only person looking after the InternetGumshoe after our old sponsor removed their support and this site has become more of a hobby since then.

I looked at time I am spending each day on the website (90 minutes or more) for 365 days a year, so this was 46.5 hours of work. I looked at donation of $5 for May and then at the less than 100 visitors a day. There was only one real conclusion I could draw from this data.

As of today, I will be closing the InternetGumshoe for good. I will use the remaining funds to keep the hosting up for another month so any readers can view our back catalogue of reviews.

I will be removing the donate buttons from the site, as I expect one or two of you will want to donate again to keep the site going for a few more days or months, but I would not be happy doing it any more knowing the small readership that will see the reviews.

There are many readers (well less than 100 anyway) who will be disappointed by this and I totally understand. Believe me this was not a decision I made overnight, but have been considering for a long time.

For those looking for webOS reviews and information I have to recommend the webOS Nation http://www.webosnation.com/ it is the place that is managing to keep webOS alive, let’s face it, they have the reviews, forums and homebrew side of things covered and I could never hope to build that side of things up here much as I have tried in the past.

I have given this site more than two years of my life, putting in countless hours of work. I have to face facts that it has failed to make an impact and I would be better off spending my time on another project.

This does not mean I have abandoned webOS, I am still supporting the GMMan’s replacement for Pivot, and you never know the InternetGumshoe may find a home in those pages in some small way.

My kindess regards and best wishes to you all.

Neil

Long live webOS…

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15 Comments

Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Article, Soapbox, Touchpad, webOS

 

15 responses to “THE READERS HAVE VOTED. INTERNET GUMSHOE CLOSES

  1. RossMonkey

    June 1, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I am very sorry to hear that you have decided to call it day, but I completely understand. Best of luck for whatever you do in the future.

     
  2. CJL

    June 1, 2012 at 8:11 am

    thanks for the reviews. They've been useful.

     
  3. giantslor

    June 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Sorry to see you go. I visit almost every day. The reviews have been excellent.

     
  4. Dr_Eure

    June 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

    You reach more than 100 people a day! The app webOS News has been downloaded over 1000 times! In every version it has this website and its news make that 1100+ reading this!

     
  5. Abel

    June 1, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for your time and hard work. I feel your pain. I had to do similar a few years back on an opinion/review site too. Good luck and God bless. Long live webOS….

     
  6. I c

    June 1, 2012 at 11:41 am

    losing this archive is disturbing 😦

     
  7. Jim

    June 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for all your hard work… I will miss Gumshoe very much, I will have to find something new to start my day…

     
  8. Richard

    June 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks for the time and effort you put into this site and your reviews. I read them daily through my rss feed (Google reader), so not sure that ever made it to your traffic stats. But I understand why you feel the need to shut down the site. Like many others I'll be sorry to see it close. Best wishes.

     
  9. plantman60

    June 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    very sad to see you go, I used this site nearly everyday and I thank you for your hard work!

     
  10. Perry

    June 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I read your reviews everyday and yes I did donate. Sorry to see you go. Any loss to webOS is a big one. Enjoy your new found free time.

     
  11. Wally

    June 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Sorry to hear that you are closing…..I have learned of more than a few decent apps thanks to your site..

     
  12. navinfl

    June 2, 2012 at 2:47 am

    I am truly sad to see you go. The best of luck to you and thanks for all the great effort given to the WebOS community.

     
  13. pnek

    June 2, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Times are hard, sorry to see this go. I read this almost daily, and it was very informative. Good luck on your future endeavors.

     
  14. Robert

    June 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Thank you for all the time and effort you have put into this – you did a great job. I found the reviews quite helpful and purchased several apps based on them. I, too, have known the sting of having to abandon a beloved project in the face declining returns. But it will free up time for other pursuits and will always be a good and fun memory to look back on. FWIW – I would venture to guess that the recent sharp decline in readership is probably linked to folks migrating over to Android ICS with the most recent version of CM9. The timeframe seems to match up with the release of their easier installation instructions. Regardless, be proud of the work you've done and here's wishing you the best of luck for your next venture.

     
  15. Michał

    June 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for all! I hope you'll enjoy your next adventure.

     

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