ning is shutting down its free communities at some point soon. This move was announced after ning also announced they were laying off 42% of their staff. Like bebo, there isn’t necessarily many historical artifacts on the service. Also like bebo, one of the major communities that appears to be there is the fanvid one. A lot of what needs to be preserved includes pages that begin to demonstrate the size, scope and activity type of the community.
We don’t particularly have much time to do that on Fan History. (And with our staff going away, having family issues, going back to school and work issues… we’re even more crunched.) So like bebo, our focus will be on screencapping a select number of pages, uploading them and putting them into categories for later historical work. Our goal is to cap and upload around 100 to 200 pages. This is about on par with our bebo efforts. (Though our bebo efforts have a lot more data stored in various databases as I’ve been collecting it longer related to another project.)
If you’d like to help us screencap and upload, we would really appreciate the help. If you would like to help us out by adding descriptions and integrating information about this network on to appropriate articles, that would be even more appreciated. One of the struggles of Fan History is realizing we can’t preserve everything… but that we can still try preserve enough to help people understand what was happening.