Wakoopa today has announced the closure of Wakoopa Social, the essence of the site. It was aimed to be the Last.FM for software, allowing everyone around the world to track what software they use, and get cool graphs, earn awards and rank up.
It was a good way to socialise with fellow geek-folk who liked to know exactly what was going on with their own computers and their friend’s computers too. How many hours did you browse facebook that day, and what is your most used software of all time.
The facts down the bottom in the right corner were also cool, such as Most people play World of Warcraft on a Tuesday and other cool little bits of information.
Sadly today an email was sent to all Wakoopa members alerting them that the software is no more, and that the corporate side of the site will now be the only part working, which is where they sell the data we have gathered on to other companies. Its a clever plan, and I suppose after six years they have enough data, but with tech and online socialising changing all the time, Wakoopa is a program that could of gone on and worked for many years to come. I just hope my beloved WhatPulse is not next!
This was the email sent out by the Founder to all members:
We are sending you this email to share with you some sad news. Six years after our plan to build the ‘lastFM for software’, to make discovering software social, we are closing down Wakoopa Social. Wakoopa will continue to make cool products only this time focussed on the corporate research market.
Read all about why we made this difficult decision and what we are going to do to give you some of your data back.
We want to thank you all for the time and effort you have put into our product. Together we truly made discovering software social.
Wouter Broekhof, Founder & CTO
Sad to see it go.
We will be able to download all of our data however, as the blog post in that email shows:
- June 23rd, 2012
We will stop tracking your data, which gives us the time to generate exports. These exports will contain your own application usage, both on the web and on the desktop, length of usage and the name and category of the application. These exports are only available for you.
- June 30th, 2012
Wakoopa Social will be closed deﬁnitively.
- July 1st, 2012
You get the possibility to download an export of your own Wakoopa data. This possibility will be around for at least three months, after that the data will be destroyed. You will receive an email with the download information.
This is a polite and nice thing to allow us to have, and I look forward to my download becoming available.
Good luck to Wakoopa and the team for the future.