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April 28 2013


The time has come


As you have probably noticed, we have had a persistent problem with Bolts showing up in feeds for the past few weeks.  Despite the best efforts of Tony and I, we have been unable to fix the problem.

We have as a result made the decision to wind down the Bolt service.  

I can tell you from personal experience that Bolt is a very sophisticated and powerful piece of software, and it is also very complex.  Unfortunately, this has made it very costly to maintain as a free service, and we have reached the point where we need to make a responsible business decision.

We will attempt to keep Bolt up as long as possible, but we encourage you to work to download any content that you want to keep.  

As you can imagine, this has been an extremely hard decision.  We love Bolt, the community, and the content we have collected and shared.  We never would have met you and learned what you love, had we not been on this journey together.

At a personal level, I hoped with Bolt to create a way for people to remake the web in their own personal image.  To select and collect the pieces we love in a way that was secure, personal, but also shareable.  The team was able to create what I believe is a magnificent service, and I will always be proud of what we built, both from a product and community perspective.

I want to thank all of you for your time, your passions, and your friendship. Please don’t be strangers.

Awww what a shame. It sucks when websites that are created to save pages from other dead websites suddenly died. Lucky I still have my saved pages saved as html files but this is just sad T~T

January 30 2011

Bo.lt Drops Web Page Remixing For Web Page Saving

Zeus. Thor. Odin. Lightning has long been feared and imagined as a force so powerful that the gods themselves used it as a weapon. Bo.lt’s first iteration, which allowed users to “break” Web pages and rebuild them to suit their fancy, embraced this destructive reputation.

Conceptually, it was interesting. In practice, however, Bo.lt was flawed. Most people don’t look at a Web page and think “You know what I really want to do here? Bust this into a million pieces and put it back together again.”

Bo.lt’s co-founders reconsidered how their service could best serve users when its first iteration fizzled out. With a new goal of preserving the Web one page at a time, 30,000 beta users, nearly 1 million “bolts,” and $5 million in backing from Benchmark Capital show that Bo.lt may finally be on the right track.

Bolt: A Brand New Social Network for Saving Web Pages Forever - CMS Critic

Bo.lt it and its Yours … for Good

Save photos you find across the web or just save the whole page. Bo.lt Makes it easy to save and share what you like on the web. We have seen similar services before and sharing web pages and photos is not new. Where Bo.lt is unique is that when you save the photo or you save that website it is yours forever. They actually make a copy of the whole page and thus eliminating broken links. Bo.lt boasts that you can save anything you find on the web forever.
Bo.lt is somewhat like Pinterest for web pages. If I had known Bo.lt for long I would've saved all my pages on now-dead social networks D:
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