The recent closure of the erotica-sharing site Eroshare left its users adrift. What would become of the hours and hours of homemade, amateur videos and photos posted over the last ten years?
The EroShare website was closed after ten years of services in 2017 since its launch back in 2007. The site was started to be an alternative to YouTube and allow Porn on their web. In recent years, Imgur with video hosting services is popular among Reddit’s porn communities. EroShare describes itself as a controlled website to share and upload wild and erotic photos and videos. The user gets to choose whom he wants to share the stuff with. Recently, the site was scheduled to be shut down, and Here’s the message displayed on the EroShare website.
“The amount of growth and demand we’ve experienced has been phenomenal. Sadly, we are no longer able to offer this service,” they wrote. “Eroshare.com will shut down on June 30th, 2017. Albums will remain viewable until that day. Please download and back up your files.”
A Redditor who goes by the name jerkenstine responds to the call for backup of euro share.
He managed to write a script to scrap Reddit for any link related to the Eroshare.com domain to archive. Few subreddits, for example, r/BestofEroshare, already had a lot of links shared automatically with the bot from the website. Independent users shared other links.
“I initially thought the process would be a cinch, but it ended up being much more involved,” jerkenstine told Samantha Cole of Vice in an email. “Eroshare seemed to have the highest concentration of legitimately user-generated content, versus other websites, which tend to be constantly mirroring each others’ studio-produced content.” After two weeks of writing code and running processes, he’d spent $200 on hard drives to store it all, a virtual private server, and a seedbox.
His home download speed was also decent at 300Mbps, but still, it was not enough. The script ran about six times in parallel, he said in the report. The user bought a 1TB VPS and had both running at the same time to backup.
jerkenstine of Reddit compiled his backup of Porn into a smaller and manageable torrent file with that at the time of writing has over 40 seeds, meaning about 40 people having and hosting the archive of EroShare backup. The infrastructure of Eroshare has also been saved, and part of the site is available offline to people who download the torrent.
He ended up gathering about 1,150 hours of video. At about nine to 15 megabytes per minute, that adds up to around 1,077.4 gigabytes. That’s a lot of nasty stuff in one place.
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