Imzy was supposed to be the successor to sites like Reddit or Tumblr, giving users a new kind of “safe space” social media network to use for sharing information, media and other content with a global audience. Well, after two years of operation, Imzy is shutting.
Starting June 23rd Imzy will be no more. In a message sent out by the CEO, Dan McComas. He explained that the social media network designed to be “safer” and more accommodating to netizens would be shutting its doors, writing…
“ Unfortunately, we were not able to find our place in the market. We still feel that the internet deserves better and hope that we see more teams take on this challenge in the future.
“Our final day of operation will be June 23rd. We want to give you time to gather any content you’ve made and exchange contact information with friends. If you have a new home for your community, I recommend creating a pinned post directing members there. “
The message also states that users concerned about their data can retrieve it before Imzy goes down for good in June.
Back in 2016 Re/Code did an article outlining how various ex-Reddit employees, led by Dan McComas and Victoria Taylor, came together to design Imzy to foster communities in a safe space that would supposedly limit the spread of the “terribleness” of the internet hate machine. McComas explained to Re/Code…
“What if someone tried building a community platform from day one? Is the terribleness just an inherent part of the internet [or] can communities be made online in a healthy way?” It might not work out, but I hope it does.”
Well, it didn’t work out.
We previously covered Imzy before, including instances involving the Imzy community censoring the spread of the Crash Override Network leaks because they called such information “harassment”. And they also censored a post about Final Fantasy XV because it was critical of SJWs.
Imzy had picked up a reputation as being a “safe space” on the internet, so various kinds of topics or criticisms would likely get removed.
It appears as if that kind of model just wasn’t profitable nor sustainable.
You’ll have up until June 21st to retrieve your data from Imzy before the entire site goes dark on June 23rd.