AKA “What happened to intersect.com?”
Looking for your intersect.com stories? Confused about why you’re here instead? Click through the questions below for more information:
- Who are you and what have you done with Intersect?
- We are Bronstrup Creative, a web development and business strategy consultancy with a strong focus on customer experience (both ours and yours). We can’t really answer the second part of that question, since we haven’t done anything with Intersect; they started pointing their domain to our server one day in 2014 and we’ve had no luck getting a hold of them to get it pointed elsewhere.
- Why are you highjacking intersect.com? Can’t you point the domain somewhere other than your site?
- We’re not highjacking anything. We don’t own the intersect.com domain, and we don’t have access to point it anywhere. The intersect.com domain has been pointed to our server since sometime in 2014, there’s nothing we can do about it, and it’s costing us bandwidth and server resources daily. If we could get a hold of someone at Intersect, we’d ask them to point the domain elsewhere, but we can’t.
If you have concrete contact information for anyone on the Intersect team, please drop us a line.
- Are you bothered by having the intersect.com domain pointed to your server?
- Yes and no. On one hand, it’s free exposure. A lot of free exposure. On the other hand, ‘a lot‘ means roughly 80% of the traffic to this server, which currently hosts a handful of our sites.
For a while, we decided it best to simply attempt to discourage the additional traffic by redirecting it to a very large (about 180MB) image; the image is served by a CDN with plenty of bandwidth, which alleviated much of the impact on our server, but did nothing to actually slow the traffic. This FAQ was created because that was ineffective (though we were putting it off until a visitor made the suggestion, as well).
- Well, then, what happened to my stories?
- As best we can tell, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, it looks like they’re gone.
We’ve been contacted by several former Intersect users, some of whom were able to work with us to piece together parts of what happened to Intersect, but we still don’t know enough to say anything for certain. From the conversations we’ve had, here’s what we understand to have happened:
We’ve heard that Intersect received second round funding from a venture capital firm that later quit paying the bills and eventually shuttered the service. The visitor who gave us this information claimed to have been in contact with representatives from the VC firm, and that he was told that they did, in fact, still have all of Intersect’s data and that it would be possible to recover his stories. Sadly, about a week after being told that, we heard that the data is, in fact, gone.
Again, this is all hearsay and should be taken with a grain of salt until we are able to get an official comment from the Intersect team.
We’ve thus far been unable to contact anyone at Intersect to confirm any of this information. If you have concrete contact information for anyone on the Intersect team who can confirm or deny this, please drop us a line.
- So, my stories are really gone, then?
- Unfortunately, it looks that way. We’re never happy to hear that people have lost something they’ve worked so hard on, so we’re still trying to clarify that in hopes that former Intersect users might not have actually lost all of their work.
You’re welcome to this page periodically to see if we’ve heard anything. Alternately, you can contact us and we’ll get back to you personally if we’re ever able to get a hold of the Intersect team.
- Why isn’t my question listed here and where can I ask it?
- Your question likely isn’t listed because we haven’t heard it yet. We’ve left comments open on this page, so you can ask below if you’d like to allow others who’ve gotten here the same way you have to chime in if we don’t have an answer for you. If you’d rather just ask us directly, you can email or call us; our info is on our contact page.