If you use Instapaper, you may have noticed that it recently experienced an extended outage. The outage began on February 8, at 12:30 PM PT. Instapaper announced the outage in a blog post on February 9, 2017.
After spending multiple hours on the phone with our cloud service provider, it appears we hit a system limit for our hosted database that’s preventing new articles from being saved. At this time, our only option is to export all data from our old database and import it into a new one.
Instapaper expected that their service would be fully recovered on February 9. In the meantime, Instapaper assured its users “we haven’t lost any data.” It let people know that “anything you’ve already saved to Instapaper is safe.”
In a follow-up post on February 9, Instapaper reported that, after 31 hours of downtime, they were able to rebuild a database instance and get Instapaper back online. That being said, the full recovery would take time.
Users need to know that anything you’ve saved since December 30, 2016, is accessible. Instapaper is working on getting the rest of your articles restored. Again, Instapaper reassures people that there hasn’t been any data loss. The full database exports were taking longer than expected. They are aiming to have the full archives back up by February 17, 2017, at the latest.
Instapaper has announced that it is making Instapaper Premium available to all Instapaper users, free of charge. Previously, some of Instapaper’s greatest features were limited to Instapaper Premium subscribers. Since then, Instapaper has joined Pinterest. The result is that Instapaper is now better resourced and able to offer Instapaper Premium for free.
All Instapaper users will now have access to:
- An ad-free Instapaper website
- Full-text search for all articles
- Unlimited Notes
- Text-to-speech playlists
- Unlimited speed reading
- “Send to Kindle” via bookmarklet and mobile apps
- Kindle Digests of up to 50 articles
Those who are existing Instapaper Premium users will be offered prorated refunds for their current subscription. They will also no longer be billed for Instapaper Premium.
Instapaper announced that it is joining Pinterest. I use both Pinterest and Instapaper (rather sporadically). The biggest change that has been revealed is that Instapaper will be sunsetting Instaparser.
Instapaper points out that their core mission was to allow users to discover, save, and experience interesting web content. This matches well with Pinterest. Instapaper says that “joining Pinterest provides them with the additional resources and experience necessary to achieve that shared mission on a much larger scale.” Instapaper assures its users that nothing will change for them.
For you, the Instapaper end user and customer, nothing changes. The Instapaper team will be moving from betaworks in New York City to Pinterest’s headquarters in San Francisco, and we’ll continue to make Instapaper a great place to save and read articles.
Nasdaq reported that Pinterest Inc. said that it has acquired Instapaper, and that the terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Nasdaq, Pinterest said it would “leverage Instapaper’s expertise in recommending articles based on user behavior.” According to Nasdaq, Pinterest said that Instapaper would continue operating as a separate app.
The announcement that Instapaper has joined Pinterest also included an announcement about Instaparser. Instapaper will be sunsetting Instaparser (their developer product). Instapaper has already ceased signups for Instaparser and will halt billing for existing customers. Instaparser will keep running until November 1, 2016.