Was Anyone Still In Doubt Over LiveUniverse's Demise?
Monday, February 2, 2009; 2:14 AM
There's currently a thread on Techmeme based on this blog post from Pingdom about the downtime of most of LiveUniverse's services for the past couple of days. We've been getting tips about this since last Thursday, and tried contacting founder & CEO Brad Greenspan (also the founder of MySpace) for an explanation to no avail.
Pingdom caught the fact that the light has gone out for the websites Revver (which we've declared dead or at least struggling for life before), LiveUniverse.com and PageFlakes, but missed other unreachable properties such as Peerflix. The only websites that seem to be holding up for the time being are LiveVideo, Yikers, Glumbert and MeeVee, but I wouldn't hold my breath for those to stay online for much longer either.
Update: per comment below, PageFlakes is back, may I suggest you back up your data if you're an active user?
Update 2: Revver's back too, with a message saying that they'll be down 5PM PST January 28 but they'll be back up in the evening. We now know that didn't happen.
Last Friday, CNET got in touch with Greenspan who said the downtime was simply a part of migration to a new data center in LA that has "lots of servers". He added that the sites should be back up in the next few hours.
They didn't, and they most probably won't. We've heard that "migration" story from Greenspan before, and it turned out to be equally bogus then. And although Greenspan hasn't gotten back to us yet regarding the most recent downtime problems, we've heard from multiple sources - including someone who has sold his company to Greenspan in the past - that LiveUniverse has simply run out of money and imploded, which isn't much of a surprise to us.
For more proof, see this Twitter message from a laid off employee), read this detailed story from yet another person who sold his company to Peerflix/LiveUniverse or turn to the gripes of people owed money.
As far as we've concerned, LiveUniverse is in the deadpool.