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This Is The End
Member Name: assethound
Date: 12/04/01, updated on 12/04/01 (79 review reads)
Advantages: People were able to publish there work on the web
Disadvantages: Too good to be true
It had to happen didn't it.
Themestream is now breathing its last gasps before it finally closes its doors on 13th April 2001.
Like dooyoo, Themestream paid for reads.
Unlike dooyoo - and I think this was the problem - Themestream was a non consumer site.
Members were paid 2c per read on articles submitted, which could be written on just about anything from over 1700 topics.
Popular topics were Travel, Film, TV, Sport and my favourite, the Paranormal, which was groaning with ghost stories, links to spooky websites and ghoulish facts.
Each topic even had its own newsletter, filled with links to articles.
Like dooyoo, the question is how did Themestream propose to fund their payments to members for providing content?
Unlike dooyoo, Themestream has had a harder task. Whilst dooyoo finds it easy to attract advertisers due to their highly targeted approach, and the whole thrust of the site is to the consumer, with readers visiting the site to research potential product purchasing decisions, Themestream was more geared to promoting products in topic areas to raise revenue.
A visitor reading on Themestream was more likely to be reading for entertainment, and maybe a little too far removed from being a potential consumer.
This has eventually caused the downfall of Themestream, and when it closes its doors on the 13th April 2001, it is highly unlikely that any creditors will be paid - and that includes the contributors!
I can kiss goodbye to the 44c that I earned - not much of a loss - but many contributers will be unable to collect substantial money that is owed to them by Themestream.
If you have any articles that you posted on Themestream and didn't keep a copy of, make sure you go to the site and copy and paste them - or they will be lost forever.
I visited the site, not to copy and paste any articles, because I always write them in word first
- or at least copy and paste them before I click on the button to submit them to dooyoo, but to delete my work.
When I tried to edit the HTML, I was taken to a page explaining the current situation, and thus unable to remove my work from the site.
Although we retain the copyright on our articles, Themestream is currently trying to sell its assets.
In theory these assets should not include your articles, and I presume that Themestream will simply delete its content before it sells its hardware - if it owns any - but it strikes me that it is an ideal time for opportunists to steal your work and post it elsewhere on the web, seeing as the evidence that it was posted on Themestream will no longer be there.
If you find your article/articles anywhere else on the web that you have not posted yourself, you should email the site concerned and inform them that you hold the copyright, and ask them to remove your article.
In their email to members Themestream states that they will take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the security of members personal information that is stored on their servers.
The closure of Themestream begs the question - How safe is your personal information on the web when companies can go out of business with little or no warning?
I would have appreciated the opportunity to remove my account from Themestream altogether.
Here is the text of the email that Themestream sent me on the 12th April 2001:
Due to the current business climate, the Themestream web service will close its doors on April 13, 2001. It has always been our pleasure to serve you.
And it hurts us to tell you that we are ceasing all business operations.
Themestream is in the process of trying to sell some or all of its assets and negotiating with it's secured creditors. Although we won't know the outcome of these negotiations until they are c
omplete, we believe it is very unlikely that we will be able to pay any other creditors- including
contributors. We will inform you if the situation changes. Otherwise, you should assume you will not receive any further payments from us.
steps to safeguard any of your personal information stored on our servers. If you do not have back up copies of your articles, please go to the site - http://www.themestream.com -- and copy and paste the text of your articles into a document on your computer. Please do this by the end of the day of April 12, 2001. In the meantime, we have stopped accepting new article submissions.
Lastly, if you have any questions, please direct them to:
We hope that you have benefited from the Themestream service as much as we have from your contributions. We wish you continued success in publishing.
The Themestream Team"
If you have any articles on Themestream that you have not got copies of - go there immediately and copy and paste them!