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Crowdfunded: Upcoming.org

Screenshot of the placeholder upcoming.org home page

This post is a week late – the server move last weekend meant that I couldn’t post anything in the interim time. This is the first of seveal weekly posts looking at the crowdfunding projects that I’ve backed on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the like – and what has happened to them since. I’m starting from where I left off last year, in April.

In May 2014, Andy Baio decided to start a Kickstarter campaign to rebuild upcoming.org, a global online social events directory. Baio had built the original site in 2003, and then sold it to Yahoo! in 2005 before leaving in 2007. In 2013, after years of stagnation, Yahoo! ‘sunsetted’ upcoming.org – i.e. closed it down – along with other sites like Delicious which was sold to AVOS.

Last year, Baio was able to get the upcoming.org domain name back off Yahoo! and launched a Kickstarter appeal to raise enough money to bring the site back. Whilst it would have an all-new design, it would also include all of the events from the old site, thanks to efforts by the Archive Team who saved a backup of the old site’s events pages.

The original goal of $30,000 was achieved within an hour, pretty much. Ultimately it raised almost three and a half times more than that. I pledged $5, to receive updates on development, and a ‘backer’ badge on my user profile on the new site once it launched.

The site isn’t yet live – the upcoming.org domain just shows a placeholder page for now. A beta version is expected to go live next month, according to the original schedule, and backers like me have been kept in the loop with some mocked-up screenshots.

I had an account on the old site, but I never really made much use of it, if I’m honest. But I’m looking forward to the new site, and it would be nice to see a bit of internet history go full circle.

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