Today fans of the snark site Get Off My Internets were surprised to see the following announcement in the forums from site owner Alice Wright:
I just received this surprising email from Federated Media:
…a number of our advertising partners have requested that we no longer source demand (i.e., digital advertising) to the site, getoffmyinternets.net. In transparent response, I wanted to let you know that we’re going to have to cease serving ads to this site in direct response to these requests from our demand partners.
Since the GOMI server bills are over $600 per month at this point and any additional income allows me to take less contract work and maintain this site, it is with regret that I will most likely be forced to close GOMI at the end of February in order to remove a large financial cost that I will not be able to afford any longer, and to pursue full-time (rather than contract) work.
I’ve really enjoyed being your head ham, guys. I wish it could be different but I simply cannot afford, financially or time wise, to run this site if Federated Media refuses to source ads. I’ll be around if any of you need anything, and if I figure out a solution I will update you. But it doesn’t seem likely.
Fans of the site expressed dismay and shock and have rallied to support with paid access to the site and donations.
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