RIP: Skribit

Not enough people will feel this loss, and that's a damned shame.

I’m going to miss this service. Granted, I haven’t used it in more than a year, but I liked it. Unfortunately, it just fell through the cracks when a wide range of social media alternatives rushed at me. Skribit, which was founded in 2007, had the laudable goal of helping cure writer’s block. I support anyone who has that goal.

Skribit will be around until July 31, 2011, when cofounder Paul Stamatiou promises to “personally nuke the 20,621 user email list.” The message that went out last night, however, will be the last one that users of the service will receive.

I still remember my first experience with Skribit. A friend of mine, Cyan Banister, saw that I’d gotten a pickup on Valleywag, at the time … and forever … my favorite blog (another RIP for another day). She popped a shot of it on Skribit and sent me her link. So, my first experience with Skribit, to say the least, was a positive one. It has also stayed with me.

So, please join me in wishing Calvin, Paul and Lance the best as they plan their next move. The full message to users is below:

[Notice: This is the last email you’ll ever receive regarding Skribit. I will personally nuke the 20,621 user email list. – @Stammy]

On July 31st, 2011, Skribit will be closing its doors. Skribit started several years ago at Atlanta Startup Weekend in November 2007 and has had a good run. As a refresher, Skribit aimed to aid writer’s block by allowing bloggers to receive post suggestions from their readers, while helping readers keep track of what their favorite blogger’s were working on.

Unfortunately, Skribit traction was not as impressive as we had hoped and Skribit had become more of a niche solution for a small percentage of bloggers. Over the past few years, 45,162 blog post suggestions have been completed through Skribit, 2,346 of which were completed/blogged. The vast majority of Skribit users did not receive suggestions from their readers for various reasons. Only 1,214 blogs had more than 3 active suggestions.

We stopped actively developing Skribit last Spring and decided to pursue other opportunities. Thanks for being part of Skribit! We are in the process of refunding current PRO users. We wouldn’t have been able to keep Skribit running for so long if it wasn’t for a seed investment from Georgia Tech’s Edison Fund and lots of advising from Lance Weatherby of the Georgia Tech ATDC.

Follow us on Twitter to see what we’re working on now!

Best,

Calvin, Paul & Lance