welcome to the ficlets memorial
ficlets is no more. AOL decided to kill the product, but thankfully, since all the content on the site was licensed under Creative Commons, I decided that there's no reason to let the content die. So, consider this the ficlets memorial. I will keep this site up as long as I'm able (it's extremely simple and not costing me anything).
I appreciate the opportunity that AOL gave me to build and launch ficlets with my friends. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get the site back after AOL decided to kill it off, but whatever. They're a big company with better things to do that deal with a lone developer, even one who gave them thirteen years and helped add over half a billion dollars to the bottom line over the years. If I sound bitter, I am, but only a little. I'm just glad the forty-five thousand (plus) stories that people wrote over the eighteen months that ficlets was around will be around a while longer and may still become the source of some joy in the world.
Jason Garber and I are working on a followup to ficlets, that keeps the spirit of ficlets, but will have no association with AOL. We're building it in our free time, so it's going to take us a little while. Until it's ready to go, check it out and sign up for the launch mailing list.
January 16, 2009