Wakoopa, the social networking site that monitors the software used by its members, announced last month that they will be shutting down Wakoopa Social.
Wakoopa Social was launched in 2007 to make software discovery as social as possible. But in 2010, the Wakoopa team decided to switch their focus on the corporate research community and made products such as Trailspot and QD to bring online research to the next level. This effort was successful as more clients become interested in their product, and the Wakoopa team is becoming more innovative in optimizing research solutions.
But alas, the root of all their success, Wakoopa Social, took a backseat as the new part of Wakoopa became more time consuming. They had the option of shutting the service down last year but they still saw Wakoopians enjoying the possibilities of their service. Still, Wakoopa Social deterioration is inevitable and they do not want to see it crumble right before their eyes.
So last month, Wakoopa decided to kill off the service before things turn worse.
“We have decided that the time has come to ʻkill your darlingsʼ; we are closing down Wakoopa Social,” Wouter Broekhof, Founder & CTO of Wakoopa, wrote on their wall. “This means Wakoopa will continue to exist, only now focussing entirely on the corporate research community.”
Last June 23rd, they stopped tracking their users data in order to generate exports which contains a user’s own application usage, both on the web and on the desktop, length of usage and the name and category of the application.
The service was officially shut down on June 30 and the exports became available for download on July 1. Wakoopians possibly have three months, until October 1st, to download all their data, and after that, all data will be destroyed.
“Wakoopa will continue to make cool products for the research market and we’re even thinking about something more consumer oriented,” Broekhof said. “You will hear about that soon enough!”