I really loved soup.io for a long time. Posted regularly for years, and I really enjoyed the underground vibe of the internet that this local tumblr-clone provided.
One year ago however, soup.io was not available for a few weeks after their system crashed. Crashed really bad. After a few days without any notice, they posted this message that they lost 2 years worth of data. Okay, it’s a free service, but the thought about how many hours I spent on the site, just to find out that they make a backup every other year put me off.
Why did I use soup.io in the first place?
It was my very first microblogging platform. And actually the only one that I used on a regular basis. 8 years ago, on May 19th 2010 I posted my first picture on soup.fischi.cc. It was a quite disturbing image of a girl covered in pink jello with a chainsaw:
From posting random images (yes, I was funny back then, and try scrolling back that far) to theming my soup to images of football, cats, girls and fun, I kept going for years, all the time ignoring the growing polish influence on posts I saw and did not understand.
Soup.io was part of my daily routine. Scrolling through my friends list, and of course the friends of my friends, I learned about current events by seeing memes posted on soup.io. It was better than a news site – I just saw what people in my circle were interested in, instead of generic news posted by media companies.
What went wrong with soup.io?
In January 2017, in the happy times when I came together with my girlfriend Lisa, soup.io broke down, and lost all the data of the past 2 years, and I decided that I did not want to continue posting as a result of the past 2 years being gone.
Looking back at my own soup always provided me with a reminder of how I felt in this particular time, and I felt like 2 years of this development went AWOL.
Why did I change my mind again?
Browsing through the depths of the internet, a thing I do on a regular basis (and the thing that I get paid for), I kind of felt the urge to protocol the things I like. I really miss browsing through my own favourites of some certain time periods – seeing what I liked in these particular times really reminds me of how I felt about the world back then.
And showing others what I find funny is fun too, and the deeper stuff can be found here on fischirocks.com 🙂