Shock the Monkey

July 16, 2006

Exclusive leak: Editor says Lycos will shutter Webmonkey – Valleywag

“now, i’m an employee of wired news, which means that i work on conde nast properties (wired news) as of this week. webmonkey, being a lycos property, is off of my desk now. i’ve asked around about the details, and i just got word that lycos is mothballing webmonkey. no new content, no new employees. they say it’s “just for now”, but considering that they were never willing to spend a dime to provide me with any resources for anything relating to site maintenance or improvement, i can’t imagine they’d start doing so now.

chances are, lycos will do a completely new site at the domain and take all of the old stuff offline. this sounds like a really bad idea, but they’ve already done the same with Cocktail, RGB Gallery, HotWired, Netizen, Suck.com, and Animation Express. so, it’s not that big of a jump to consider that they’ll eventually do the same to Webmonkey. this is the third time webmonkey has “died” (1999, 2004, 2006) and i have a feeling the third time’s a charm. one month short of its tenth birthday!

i advise you all to make PDFs of everything that you’ve written for

webmonkey. it may still be online in six months, but it just as likely

may not. if you take the article and run it on your site or your blog,

lycos might send you a cease and desist letter. but quite frankly, i

really don’t think they have anyone that will be checking. i’ve been

handling the policing of all of the content thieves for the past

couple of years, and i know that nobody else was doing it. just please don’t say i gave you permission to run your webmonkey article somewhere… because (for the record) i never said that.

the gravy train has run off the tracks and the conductor has fled into the woods. if you’re currently working on an article, please lift up your pens and stop writing for Webmonkey right now. the budget is frozen and there’s nobody at lycos who will be able to handle posting the articles. i hang my head in shame as i write this, because i really didn’t want to have to tell assigned authors that their assignments won’t be running. but those is the breaks, as they say.”

While I didn’t use Webmonkey to learn HTML, I use it as a resource as well as directing people there to learn about web design. You could really tell when the site become a second-thought as opposed to a site where the owners cared. That site should have been as popular as A List Apart and pull the community together….but Lycos didn’t give a shite.

I’m seriously asking this question: I wonder how much Lycos would want for the site + content? I wonder if a few people, a small group of investors, would be up for purchasing it and keep it up as a resource and maybe develop the site with new articles….?

I don’t think it’s worth a million or even a hundred thousand….what would this real estate be worth?