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Yahoo Upcoming
Yahoo! Upcoming logo
Upcoming, as seen on April 20, 2013.
Upcoming, as seen on April 20, 2013.
URL http://upcoming.yahoo.com/
Project status Offline
Archiving status Saved!
Project source yahoo-upcoming-grab
Project tracker upcoming
IRC channel #upcoming

Yahoo's Upcoming service was a social events site. Yahoo! announced on April 18, 2013, that Upcoming would shut down at the end of the same month.

On May 7, 2014, Andy Baio announced a Kickstarter campaign to bring back Upcoming using the archives (see below).

Closure announcement

Sharpening our focus – to bring you new Yahoo! products
By Jay Rossiter, EVP, Platforms
Like we announced last month, we want to bring you experiences that inspire and entertain you every day. That means taking a hard look at all of our products to make sure they are still central to your daily habits. As part of that ongoing effort, today we are shutting down a few more products. We realize that change is hard, but by making tough decisions like these we can focus our energy on building beautiful products for you like the two we introduced this week - Yahoo! Mail for iPad and Android tablets and Yahoo! Weather for iPhone.
The changes below will begin rolling out soon.
Upcoming
As of April 30, 2013, Upcoming will be going away. If you have uploaded events to the site, please click here to learn how to download your information. Additionally, effective on April 30, 2013, we will no longer support the Upcoming API.
[...]

Yup, we saved it

Scripts were written, warriors were fired up, caffeine was ingested and Archive Team saved all 3500 gigabytes of Upcoming in three days.

WARC archives of our grab can be found on archive.org.

Press

The Return of Upcoming.org

Upcoming return.png

Last month, I got an unexpected email from Yahoo out of the blue, offering to sell me back the original domain. I jumped at the chance, and am thrilled to announce I own Upcoming.org once again.

So, what now?

Like many of the people that used it, I miss Upcoming. Nothing's come to replace it in the years since, and I have the same problems that motivated me to build it a decade ago—I'm missing interesting events in my city and struggling to discover interesting events when I travel. I don't know what my friends are going to, and I lose track of the events I hear about on a regular basis.

I want to bring back Upcoming, rebuilding it for the modern era using tools and platforms that weren't available at the time I started it. I started Upcoming long before Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, or OAuth.

And I'd love to restore the original Upcoming events collected by Archive Team to a permanent archive, hosted at their original URLs. There's over 35TB of raw HTML, Javascript, and images in their data dump, which I plan to parse and release as structured data.[1]


References

  1. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/waxpancake/the-return-of-upcomingorg

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