February 15th, 2010
Last night I was giddy with happiness to find my missing audioblogger.com posts (all 8 of them) on web.archive.org.
It looks like Audioblogger (or was it called simply Audblog?, when did the name change?) became part of Odeo. This description of Odeo on wikipedia seems wrong to me, but I’m not sure:
Odeo was originally developed by founders Noah Glass and Evan Williams, who were previously founders of Audioblog and Pyra Labs respectively, and received funding from Charles River Ventures. Subsequently, Williams bought out Charles River’s interest in the company, as well as several other investors, and reformed the organization under a new company, Obvious Corp, which planned to develop new products, including Twitter.
Twitter I’m guessing you’ve heard of. There’s a post on Metafilter announcing “audioBLOGGER” from February 27, 2003. Audioblogger closed November 1, 2006, according to BoingBoing. I remember hearing about this and I recovered the files, but never put them somewhere permanent for myself. So how did I find them? I looked up the full url on web.archive.org, like this:
So I took advantage, and all the 8 files I lost were found. I wonder when these files went back online? I did a quick twitter search for mentions and found this post:
vbspurs: This was the link to the Audioblogger link of me talking: http://www.audioblogger.com/media/44943/135223.mp3 Doesn’t work, at least not at the mo’.
I tried my guess that many might be online and then–success!–I was listening to a file from a random twitter stranger, but from 2005:
I have checked periodically over the years and never had success. Are all the files that were once lost on audioblogger.com now found via web.archive.org? When did this happen?