After 7 Years the Social Networking Video Site Stickam Says Goodbye

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The social networking site that emphasized on video sharing and live chat, Stickam launched in 2005, nearly eight years ago, is closing its Internet doors come February 28 of this year giving you, the user, time to gather your videos before its final goodbye.

Although Stickam isn’t completely disappearing into history later this month, its officially claiming to be done as of the first of February, but wanted to give people more of a notice instead of just closing down the site.

Stickam was the first website that was devoted to live streaming and its main focuses were towards videos and live chats. Without any roadmap, the site was user generated and through its users, Stickam was able to achieve many accomplishments throughout the years including their contribution to the Internet by providing the first produced live weekly shows. As well as providing a platform that created celebrities which emerged from the site due to their ingenuity and ability to hone in on their skills by being able to share them globally.

Not only did they provide a platform for users to share themselves visually, Stickam also took part in live events, created their own cause known as Stickaid and provided countless valuable live shows to contribute even more value to their community.

Today, their announcement of their days of enabling another outlet for videographers, musicians and artists to speak their voice and be heard will become silenced at the end of February, although visiting the Stickam site you are able to retrieve your recordings or any other media you would like to take away from the site that is rightfully yours, you will be received with their goodbye letter to their users, that is not only a summary of the Stickam life but is heartfelt too. If you are signed up to the site you would have received this via email as well.

We were here. We did this. Actually YOU were here, and you did this. Stickam was always about you, not “about us,” like most websites.  After seven wonderful years we are incredibly sad to have to say goodbye. We did everything we could to keep this dream alive, but unfortunately you are reading this message.

When Stickam launched in 2005 we were the very first website devoted to live streaming, user generated video and chat. There was no blueprint, no roadmap to follow. We didn’t know where you would take us.

From the early days of the live community, “Stickam stars” started to emerge… Ibot, Gay God, Kiki Kannibal… Scene kids and scene bands… And then the wonderful Stu Stone and Jamie Kennedy and others came in, and the first regular, produced, live weekly shows on Stickam– the first on the Internet—began and flourished.

We started producing our own content from clubs and venues all over LA whenever we could. We launched our own weekly show Streaming The Cube to celebrate our community.

Daily and weekly shows from G4 TV, Andrew W.K., B-Real, Jake Fogelnest, DJ Rossstar, Allstar Weekend, Guys from Queens, Hank and Jim and so many others followed. We were privileged to present annual unprecedented live coverage of events like Vans Warped Tour, NATPE, SXSW and the Cinefamily telethons. We were honored to power six years of Myles Dyer’s incredible Stickaid and so many other worthy causes. We were also proud to produce and host “Stickam Live For Japan” to help raise money for victims of the tsunami with your help. So many community members came out to lend support to the broadcast that night at The Roxy, including Stu Stone, Cypress Hill, Black Veil Brides, Chantal Claret and James Urine, Mr. Let’s Paint TV, and Sam Proof, and so many more joined via remote.

Just late last year we launched the Stickam Studios at Meltdown with great friends and partners like TheOneRing.net, Iheartcomix, the NerdTerns and MeltCast. We were there for the special night with Die Antwoord and with Tavi Gevinson, and chats with Hollywood Undead and New Years Day and Escape The Fate. We continued to stream the cube.

The site will remain alive here until February 28, 2013. We encourage you to log in and download any of your live recordings or other media you wish to save.

We are incredibly grateful to all the Stickam members and viewers, to all the bands and artists, the radio stations and the shows, and the deer. Thank you for making this a wonderful place for seven years. Thank you all. We will miss you!

Sincerely,
Your friends at Stickam”

Goodbye Stickam, Thanks for all the terrific years and for being a leader by paving the path for many other sites that have come after you.

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+Erin Ryan has been a writer for various Social Media & Tech blogs and has a keen understanding of the power of Social Media for business, fervently staying up-to-date.

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