Joe Crawford
Web developer & user interface engineer
Tinkering with the web since 1996

email: · twitter: @artlung
San Diego, California, USA

GetGlue → tvtag → /dev/null

This morning (December 19, 2014) I got an email:


Breaking Bad. Lost. The Office. Friends. Good things come to an end.

Later this month, we will be shutting down tvtag and its supporting apps in order to refocus our efforts on other initiatives.

Effective January 1, will no longer be accessible and the tvtag mobile apps will cease to function. We recognize that some of you may want to save and archive your user data. If you’re interested in requesting a copy of your data, please email your username in the subject line to

We’re grateful for all of your support over the last four years. You’ve helped us build an incredible community of fellow TV fans. We’ll miss it dearly.

While this is a goodbye for now, we hope to say hello again soon. Until then, join the conversation about your favorite shows by following the tvtag Twitter accounts listed right here.


The tvtag Team

i.TV, LLC, Provo, UT 84604

Back on January 25, 2014 I got this email:

GetGlue is now tvtag


Next week, there will be some major updates to GetGlue and we wanted you to be the first to know.

As many of you are aware, this update has been a long time coming. In fact, when GetGlue joined i.TV in November, one of the reasons we were all so excited about both companies coming together is that both teams shared a vision for how to make watching TV more fun and interesting. The update to GetGlue you’ll see next week is a culmination of a lot of hard work and your feedback. We can’t wait to share it with you!

Here’s what you’ll see:

  • GetGlue will now be known as tvtag
  • The app icon and brand colors will change from blue to red
  • In response to your feedback, we will incorporate a ton of new features we can’t wait for you to try out

Thanks for all your support. We look forward to watching TV with you for many years to come!

The GetGlue Team

P.S. And as a final reminder, getglue will become tvtag next week. So heads up!

I did send a request to get my data out. And got a prompt reply from their system with the subject line “tvtag Data Archive Request Received Re: artlung”:

This is a quick confirmation to let you know we received your request and are in the process of packaging your data archive. Once we are finished compiling your data, we will send you a download link.

In the meantime, stay in touch with tvtag by following your favorite shows’ Twitter accounts listed here:


The tvtag Team

Less than an how later I got back an email and a link to a zip containing a data file.

Subject: Download Your tvtag Data

Please use the following link to download your tvtag data archive: ... /

The datafile is not actually valid JSON, but rather a file with each line as a valid chunk of JSON like this.

    "action": "Liked",
    "director": "harold ramis",
    "displayName": "",
    "image": "",
    "link": "",
    "objectKey": "movies/groundhog_day/harold_ramis",
    "private": "false",
    "source": "",
    "timestamp": "2010-09-28T15:26:14Z",
    "title": "Groundhog Day",
    "userId": "artlung"

You can look at it here

Web pages must live forever, social software, less so.

See also: GetGlue successor TVtag is shutting down (GigaOm)


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