The shutter finally closes on Fotopic – 15th March 2011
On Wednesday 9th March, Fotopic, a photo storage website went offline.
This wasn’t entirely unusual given it’s performance over recent weeks and months had been increasingly unreliable and creaky.
What was more annoying, was the fact that I had been using Fotopic to store and display all my photos since 2003. In total, I had over 15,000 images displayed on the site. These had been built up over the years and included all those taken since the birth of our three children.
As well as thousands of family photos, I had also maintained a photo blog since June 2004 adding a new photo a day for almost 6 years.
Of course I have all of these photos stored on laptop and external hard-drives and of course I know that nothing online lasts forever, but I wonder whether I can really be bothered to spend the countless hours needed to start again from scratch, reload and relabel them all on a new site.
Fotopic was unique in many ways and to some degree far more customisable than many other sites such as Flickr.
In 2009, Fotopic went offline for a few days and I joined a Google Group full of Fotopic users to discuss the situation. Back then, Fotopic came back online after a few days following a major technical issue.
Now the same group is once again alive with correspondence concerning the demise of Fotopic. It is even mentioned on Wikipedia!
One ray of hope rests with the original creator of Fotopic, Joel Rowbottom, who is currently building a new site – Pikfu. This is being created along similar lines to Fotopic, but with various modernisations.
Until this gets off the ground, or until Fotopic miraculously returns, I, like thousands of other dissatisfied Fotopic users, must try to patiently wait in a photographic no mans land.