After six years, Wakoopa Social closes down

If you're familiar with Last.fm, you'll know how it works. The service tracks your plays of an artist, recording them to your profile, and uses its technologies to find you new artists similar to your tastes. It can work with a surprising amount of success, and similar thought processes brought us Wakoopa.

For those who may not know what Wakoopa was, it was a piece of software you could install that would then track the time you spent using a piece of software. You could use this to find new software you might like, or generally to see how you stack up against people globally. The service launched in 2006 with the goal of being the "Last.fm for software". In the first few weeks, 17,000 users had signed up and the process seemed to be going swimmingly.

Six years after its launch, Wakoopa is killing its social side off. 2010 marked a significant year for the team, for they began to focus on corporate research. It is in this direction the company is deciding to move all of its assets. Products such as Trailspot and QD were the work of the Wakoopa team, and the new direction proved to be a success for them and more clients appeared expressing interest. More innovation in the corporate environment was their goal, and now it takes up a considerable amount of their time.

The team began to lower the priority of the social side of the site as they concentrated assets upon the corporate environment, though they said they did not want to shut it down for some users were still enjoying its possibilities. They observed that the platform they had worked upon was deteriorating and numbers were declining, so killing off the social side of Wakoopa was the conclusion they agreed to come to.

The Wakoopa software, understandably, was not something everyone installed. After all, how did it track your software usage? Ultimately it was harmless though and it would make sense for some people to back away from installing the program after consideration. 

It will be quite sad to see Wakoopa closing since there does not appear to be another service to take its place as the Last.fm of software. Raptr could be considered the Last.fm of gaming, though Steam has a built in time-tracker of its own that can accomplish some of the same functions for games it supports.

The Wakoopa team's farewell blog brings forth the possibility of future consumer items, though with more of an emphasis on the research market. Anyone who used Wakoopa regularly or has questions is invited to contact the team via social@wakoopa.com, as Wouter Broekhof, founder and CTO of the company, writes in the open letter.

Source: Wakoopa

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This app was mentioned by Paul Thurrott and I started using it. I was a loyal user for almost 2years and i liked it as well.

I think they had to shut it down because of bad marketing. However I liked the idea though

I think this failed on two counts.

1. paranoia over what it really tracked, what info was really sent (possibly a lot of people with some pirated software not wanting it?)

2. Lack of advertising. Sounds like a really neat idea to me, and I spend a lot of time on tech and software sites, yet 6 years in I'd never heard of it until this news piece.

I never even heard of this site, cool idea, however I bet the tracking feature (the main point of the program) may of turned people off from it.

I could imagine if Facebook, Google, or Microsoft offered this service, there may be a huge cry against it. Ironically this feature is built in to the PS3 & Xbox360, not sure about Nintendo, but I suspect they do as well.

I used to use this, on & off over the last 4 years. It had it's problems, one of the major ones being the site was always slow.

If someone could figure out how they did this, they could step in where Wakoopa stepped out.

I've found myself less and less looking for new or different software so while I still have it installed, I haven't gone to the Wakoopa site in a long time to check things out.

I guess it's died coz everyone is online most of the time using just a browser. And considering the trend towards cloud-based software, this service would've become obsolete pretty fast. So the owners have decided to jump the boat before it was too late not to incur further losses.

zhiVago said,
I guess it's died coz everyone is online most of the time using just a browser. And considering the trend towards cloud-based software, this service would've become obsolete pretty fast. So the owners have decided to jump the boat before it was too late not to incur further losses.

Funnily enough it also tracked your websites ie web apps.

testman said,

Funnily enough it also tracked your websites ie web apps.

so did it recommend similar websites? You go to google and it suggests yahoo? Yeah, it's funny and completely pointless too coz you'd made a conscious choice before to use google. I wonder what it would do for Neowin

Edited by zhiVago, Jun 15 2012, 3:57pm :

Had this installed on all my machines at one point, but after reinstalling OS's, it was never something I rushed to install again.

I requested that they add a mouse click counter, just for fun, but they refused.