New York Times Cancels Times File

timesfile.pngWe received an email from the Times on Friday notifying us that as of January 21, 2009 they would be canceling their Times File program. Truth be told, we not only don’t remember signing up for Times File, we had to look up what Times File was, which considering how may NYT.com initiatives we have signed up for over the years maybe isn’t all that surprising. Per the email (in full after the jump):

Thank you for being a loyal user of NYTimes.com and Times File, the tool that allows you to save articles from
NYTimes.com and other Web sites. (On NYTimes.com, Times File is the “Save” option that appears on the top right area of most of our article pages.) We wanted to inform you that, as of Dec. 22, 2008, we are removing the ability to save articles to Times File from NYTimes.com pages, and on Jan. 21, 2009, we are removing Times File from the site entirely. Social-bookmarking sites like Delicious and Digg, which can be accessed through our Share tools, have proliferated since the creation of Times File. This changing Web landscape has resulted in thedecision to divert resources from Times File to other areas of NYTimes.com.

For those of you who did use it however, clicking on an article’s “save” button will now take you through to a page which explains what’s happening and what to do with your shared articles.


Dear Times File user,

Thank you for being a loyal user of NYTimes.com and Times
File, the tool that allows you to save articles from
NYTimes.com and other Web sites. (On NYTimes.com, Times File
is the “Save” option that appears on the top right area of
most of our article pages.)

We wanted to inform you that, as of Dec. 22, 2008, we are
removing the ability to save articles to Times File from
NYTimes.com pages, and on Jan. 21, 2009, we are removing
Times File from the site entirely. Social-bookmarking sites
like Delicious and Digg, which can be accessed through our
Share tools, have proliferated since the creation of Times
File. This changing Web landscape has resulted in the
decision to divert resources from Times File to other areas
of NYTimes.com.

We realize that our removing Times File may be an
inconvenience, so we have worked out an option to keep your
saved pages.

Times File is powered by LookSmart technology. If you’d like
to keep the pages you have already saved using Times File,
we’ve created a process allowing you to easily transfer all
of your saved pages to LookSmart’s online-bookmarking tool,
Furl. This way, the pages you’ve saved will still be
available through your new Furl account.