Over the past years, many thumbnail providers have come and gone. Even some big name providers have gone belly up, since ShrinkTheWeb began offerings its services. This page serves as a farewell to the ones who have tried but didn't survive.

R.I.P. Thumbnail Providers

Thumbnail Provider Name
Cause of Death
Time of Death
Website Thumbnails (.com & .net) Insufficient Funding/Scalability
August 30, 2008
Notes: Acquired by ShrinkTheWeb
Thmbnl Catastrophic Data Loss
January 30, 2009
Notes: Project abandoned by ma.gnolia after they suffered a catastrophic, unrecoverable data loss
Notes: Acquired by ShrinkTheWeb
Alexa Site Thumbnail (AWS) Flawed Pricing Model
June 12, 2009
Notes: Shutdown, almost 1 year to the day, after the official launch of ShrinkTheWeb
Thumbnails Pro Insufficient Funding/Scalability
August 15, 2009
Notes: Acquired by E4Sites (service appears broken since that time)
Snapcasa Insufficient Funding/Scalability
Est: October 2009
Notes: Service broken through most of 2009; Completely abandoned during 2010
Notes: Converted to a Screenshot Provider Comparison site in 2012. Later acquired by URL2PNG.
Pageglimpse Insufficient Funding/Scalability
Notes: Even though publicly promoted and backed by TechCrunch and editors, this site was unable to stay in the market.
Snap.com Unsustainable Business Model
Est: October 2011
Notes: This service is not quite the same as ShrinkTheWeb, though it is confusingly similar in that it shows screenshots
of web pages to end-users. It does not, however, provide automated website screenshots as an integrated solution.
Notes: Even though publicly endorsed by TechCrunch and with $10M in funding, this site was unable to build momentum.
Thumbalizr Flawed Pricing Model
-- Life Support --
Notes: Lots of reports that "new captures" stop working for days or weeks at-a-time. Been in "BETA" (and broken) for years.
Webshotspro Flawed Pricing Model
-- Life Support --
Notes: Does not appear that anyone actively uses their service. No reply to emails, even years later!

Honorable Mention: Thumbnail Providers
...that never made it off the ground

Thumbnail Provider Name Thumbnail Provider Name Thumbnail Provider Name
BitPixels PicDonkey (Dead) SiteThumbshot
Bildesel.de (Dead) ScreenThumbs MyThumbnail (Dead)
Webseitentuning Websitethumbnail.de (artViper.net) Picoshot (acquired by STW)
mShots by WP (good for light use) Thumbizy.com (Dead) SuperScreenshot (Dead)
Thumboo (good for light use) WebShrinker Mr-Thumb (acquired by STW)
MyThumbshots (acquired by STW)    

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