Microsoft has closed down its ThumbTack service for bookmarking: The service at Live Labs let you save all manner of things, including links and photos, in a single place for later retrieval or viewing. Because this was a "lab" experiment, nothing was guaranteed. If you go to the ThumbTack site today, it still encourages you to sign up--and directs you to a dead site
As Geocities sinks slowly into the sea, let us praise great BLINK tags: Buh-bye, Geocities. I'd say we hardly knew ya, but we knew ya all too well. xkcd, the great Webcomic, offers up a perfect parody (may only be available on 26 October, however).
O happy day, here at itdied.com: The tr.im URL shortener service has opted to stay alive instead of shutdown. Shortcut services have a hard time making money because their job is to stay out of the way. After a flood of "how can we help" messages from users, tr.im's parent firm, Nambu Network, is moving the service into a community-operated mode, details to follow. The company will transfer the domain name, databases, and software, and hopes that it can be run via donations and other means. The CEO of Nambu will pay all expenses out of his pocket until funding can be worked out.
The tr.im URL shortening service has shortened its lifespan: The service will no guarantee redirects for URLs starting 31-Dec-2009, and has disclaimed the reliability of its statistics from this point on.
Tr.im, like other URL shorteners, generates a short unique code that someone can use in place of a full URL. Full URLs often have long sets of words in them for search engine optimization and human readability. These long URLs fall afoul of social media sites which either break these strings funny or, like Twitter, limit text.
Microsoft is shutting down its Soapbox video service that no one knew existed: Soapbox allowed users to upload videos, which appeared on MSN Video, a service that will remain, but which doesn't (seemingly) allow amateur/personal contributions.
Soapbox will stop allowing uploads on 29-July, and shut down entirely on 31-August.
The site devoted to helping create guided presentations is shutting down on 30-June-2009: Flowgram said in email to users that it couldn't figure out a financial model to continue. While Flowgram presentations won't be playable after 30-June or editable, they can be exported as videos. The company provided instructions: "...You can export them to video by clicking 'share' from the website or 'more sharing options' from the Flowgram player and scrolling down to the export to video section."
The Yahoo 360° social networking blog thing, which has been under a death watch for two years, finally dives 13-July-2009: The service is notable for combining blogging and a host of other things, but Yahoo couldn't either figure out how to capitalize it or develop a new service to move content to, despite such a general promise two years ago. Now the service is slated to shut down, and you can migrate any remaining content out. (Thanks, Aristotle!)
Video content sharing site Jumpcut is closing its virtual doors 15-June-2009: I wasn't aware of this site, but it appears to be a place where you can upload video, share it with others, edit together your own and other segments, and publish videos for public consumption. All uploaded content can be downloaded.