Screenshots as a form of digital archaeology

Late March 2013. “Kinja in Testing”:

Late April 2013. Kinja is Fully Live:

Early December 2013. Peak Kinja:


Early December 2015. Stopped having a Hungarian news blog:

Mid September 2016. Stopped having a Gawker:


Mid February 2017. Spring cleaning:

Mid April 2017. Added Fusion:


Late July 2017. Fusion changed its name, but is not in alphabetical order:

Late August 2017. The A.V. Club added, Splinter placed into alphabetical order:


Late September 2017. Earther added, but is not in alphabetical order:

Mid October 2017. The Onion added, some sites are not in alphabetical order:


Mid November 2017. The Takeout added, Earther is still not in alphabetical order:

Early April 2018. ClickHole added, Earther is still not in alphabetical order:


Mid May 2018. The Inventory added, Earther is still not in alphabetical order:

Late July 2018. Earther stops being a separate blog, is merged into Gizmodo:


Next update: maybe they’ll add a link for the Special Projects Desk? Maybe they’ll add a link for TrackRecord (late July 2018 update: that is unlikely, since TrackRecord has been stopped).

Previous edit: This was first uploaded on 19th February 2017

17th April 2017 edit: That Fusion link appeared in the early evening on April 14th. It only took ~2 weeks for the Kinja frontpage to add Fusion after Fusion was transformed into a Kinja-compliant website.


25 July 2017 edit: Fusion’s name change to Splinter happened yesterday. The Kinja frontpage was changed by the time the name change occurred. It will be seen if the Kinja frontpage is moved around to place properties into alphabetical order.

17 September 2017 edit: Uploaded a better image for the late July 2017 change and added an image for the late August 2017 change. The Kinja engineers decided to wait until the late August 2017 update to place Splinter into alphabetical order.

27 September 2017 edit: Gizmodo Media Group launched Earther today as a sort-of-upgrade for the was-kind-of-hidden Fusion Media property Project Earth. (early August 2018 update: Earther, despite having its own URL for most of ten months and therefore looking like an independent blog, was always a Gizmodo subsite and under the editorial management of Gizmodo. My apologies that my earlier writing may not have made this clear. To be fair my unclear writing was caused by Earther’s staff not consistently mentioning they were a Gizmodo subsite-in-disguise. e.g. here’s a writer saying they’re a “a new site.”)


18 October 2017 edit: Literally today Gizmodo Media Group has completely merged The Onion into the Kinja software. ClickHole remains as the last property of The Onion that is, so far, non-Kinja.

15 November 2017 edit: Today a new property from The A.V. Club and The Onion, The Takeout, was given its premiere. When the Kinja designers added a button to the Kinja frontpage for The Takeout, they also put The Onion and The Root into alphabetical order. Earther and Deadspin continue to be out of order.

17 April 2018 edit: On April 11 the last property of The Onion, ClickHole, was finally added to Kinja. The Kinja designers continue to think that E is before D in the English alphabet.


30 May 2018 edit: On May 18 the Gizmodo Media Group added a link to their new sponsored content website, The Inventory. They continue to incorrectly arrange Earther and Deadspin in alphabetical order.

28 July 2018 edit: On July 25, with maybe only this tweet from its editor to announce the change, Earther is folded into Gizmodo. (early August 2018 update: At least one of the writers retweeted the editor’s tweet. Also, as Earther was never completely separate from Gizmodo, it is more accurate to say that Earther was moved from having its own URL to being part of Gizmodo’s URL. But I’m keeping my original wording for the purpose of not erasing my earlier words.)