I sometimes cannot believe the decisions that major Internet companies make. The latest company to join the ranks is AOL with the decision to close down the Download Squad technology blog. Download Squad was one of the two blogs that I followed closely ever since I started running my own tech news site, the other was Lifehacker.
Download Squad concentrated more on tech and less on non-tech related news like Lifehacker does. The blog was on my daily reading schedule and I came to enjoy the posts of many of the blog's regular authors.
It was also often an interesting race to get the news out before they did, which I more often than not did not succeed in.
But it is not only the Download Squad website that will be discontinued, Switched.com will be discontinued as well. The site has an Alexa rank of sub 4000 which is an indicator for lots and lots of traffic.
You may remember that AOL moved the Download Squad from their original domain name to a Switched.com subdomain. That move in itself felt strange at that time but it was better than losing the site completely.
It is not clear why the sites have been closed, the post over at the Download Squad does not reveal a single reason.
The most likely reason is that the advertising revenue of the sites did not match the exceptions of the shareholders.
Could also have something to do with a change in management after the Huffington Post aquisition. But those are just guesses, no one knows and it is likely staying that way.
What stands is that this is a sad day for tech interested users like me, and many of you. Goodbye Download Squad, many of us will miss you in the year's to come.
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