It is hard to believe that amidst natural catastrophes and political turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East, another relatively small disaster took place. On the early morning of the 8th of March, apparently someone in Wakefield pulled the plug (and trigger!) of the Fotopic server, cashed the bank accounts and is now probably ordering a cool drink on some South American beach. Fotopic hosted not only the “British Rock Art Collection (BRAC)” and the “Worldwide Rock Art Selection (WRAS)” for about six years but thousands of other websites with over 27 million photos on-line. With over 18.000 rock art photos on-line and over half a million photo hits so far, the site was used by many rock art enthusiasts from around the world. But is was not only the photos -hundreds of them contributed by our good rock art friends- that are no longer enjoyable on the web. Stories and literary thousands of links to relevant information are gone as well. Thousands of clients trusted the company and lost all their photos what makes it double sad. The chance of a re-appearance of the site gets slimmer by the day and we foresee that we will never get a glimpse of its content again. And no one saw this coming; no warning in advance…… e-mail bounced back, telephone lines dead….. over & out!
So that was that! And although we still have our family, friends, homes, database, photos (yeah…double backed up!) and good spirit, just a bit of self-pity seems to be justified! But not for long; out-living your websites is a weird experience. We will use the time to come to see how we proceed from here. It is obvious that this Blog will get a more prominent role. There are already some reactions on Facebook. Bear with us folks!
From Gus and me all the best and keep on rocking.