|Posted on January 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM|
Want to know the story of "SpongeVideos / SquarePants Media" and "The Pineapple House"? Then read this page.
SpongeVideos / SquarePants Media History
Okay, lets start off with this site first.
You may have heard of "SpongyMedia", it was a great site with audio and video downloads. Later, on SBMania, the owner announced that he was closing the site.... for good! That made me think "what if I made a similar site to SpongyMedia so people could still download videos and music."
Here's my post on SBMania....
"I have many SpongeBob videos for people to download. Hey! What if I do "SpongyVideo"? It'll be the ultimate place to download video clips of songs and parts of episodes. (I'd love to allow people to download full-length episodes but thats illegal, right?)
Too bad SpongyMedia closed!"
So, May 4th 2006 was the day this website was released on the internet.
You may not know this, but the name "SpongeVideos" actually came from the name "SpongyMedia." I was thinking of calling it "SpongyVideo", but that was a bit too similar.
So then, the first videos and music were added to the website. After the first SpongeBob videos and music was added to the site, The Fairly OddParents music and videos were added, since I was also a Fairly OddParents fan. That technically made this a SpongeBob & Fairly OddParents fansite (but more of SpongeBob.) An Invisionfree Forum was also made for this website, however it's not very popular. Later, in June, the site had a little bit of a name change. On Jume 20th, 2006 (I think), the website name changed to "SquarePants Media." However, it is still also called "SpongeVideos."
This site once also gave links to SpongeBob YouTube Videos, those were deleted now, however.
Later on in 2006, the site grew and more music and videos were added. However, later on, The Fairly OddParents videos and music were deleted, because I wanted this just to be a SpongeBob fansite. After that, to avoid copyright infringement, I deleted all SpongeBob videos and music, since I didn't want to be sued. The other option was delete this website, and I didn't want this site to be deleted.
However, around early 2007, transcripts were added to this site. They were also added to "The Pineapple House."
But.... after the birth of "The Pineapple House", very little updates were added to this site. However, the fan fic "The SpongeBob Timmy Power Hour" and "Play Piano Game" were added to this site. I may also add my upcoming fanfic "Mr. SquarePants' Holiday" to this site.
Since 2008, I realised that out of the 3 websites I made, this was the most successful. That's why I decided to update this website more, so you may have noticed new features on the homepage and new stuff on other pages too. Perhaps even new pages.
The Pineapple House History
The thought of "The Pineapple House" started in early 2007. I was thinking about making another SpongeBob fansite for fanfics and transcripts. One of the original names for the website was "Tales from The Pineapple", but that was too similar to "Tales from Bikini Bottom." It was originally planned to be released in February 2007, it got delayed and I then planned to not make it.
However, something changed mine and it was created on May 8th 2007 (4 days after SpongeVideos' first birthday.) However, I did not tell people about it until 10th May 2007, so I could add a few fanfics and pages to it. For some reason, on "SBR Topsites", it seems to be a bigger hit than this website.
This is the website's logo - http://img108.imageshack.us/img108/1993/pineapplehouse1lk0.gif
It contains fanfics such as "The Perfect Pet" and "The SpongeBob Timmy Power Hour." It also has transcripts of "Ripped Pants", "Reef Blowers" and "Best Day Ever." It also contains transcripts of the Best Day Ever Shorts.
Like this website, it has a forum and guestbook. It also contains a chatroom and guestbook. Also it has a "Cast your Vote Section." I also added a topsites during the summer of 2007.
Pages like "Songs" and "SpongeBob Quiz" were added. It is also probably the only website on the internet that teaches you how to play the first two verses and the chorous of "Best Day Ever" on the piano.
The last big fanfic that was added to the website was in October 2007, and that was "She Came From Texas." A short fanfic was added to the website in January 2008 called "The Origin of Pablo Dolphin." The next fanfic will be "Mr. SquarePants' Holiday", which is a fanfic movie. It started on November 3rd, 2007 and isn't even halfway finished yet. So it'll be a while before it gets released on the website.
Also, on December 22nd, 2007, a Hebrew translation of the website was released (http://www.pineapplehousehebrew.bravehost.com.) Translated by SBMania member 1620050. A German version of the website also opened during early 2008.
Well, that's the story!
UPDATE - Throughout the later years of "The Pineapple House", I noticed that it was not attracting as many viewers as this website was. SpongeVideos to this day attracts around 1,200 people a month, while The Pineapple House attracted around 30 or 40 people. I kept it open for the time being, but eventually decided it would be better to close the website and move its content over here (after all, it was probably better to operate just 1 SpongeBob fansite instead of 2.) Most of its content was succesfully moved, except the fanfics, though I'm hoping to get them on here someday.
The English version of The Pineapple House closed on March 6th, 2010, though the closure was formally announced during mid-February 2010. On that same day, the closure of The Pineapple House led some problems on the German website (e.g. images not working.) The website was disabled on that day to try to fix those errors without closing the German version. Unfortunately, those errors could not be fixed and the website officially closed on April 27th, 2010.
As of September 2011, I admit that I regret closing the website. Yet I have no plans to reopen it, as much of its content is now here, and its content has helped this website a lot. I have absolutely no plans to close this website, just so you know.
The Spanish and Hebrew versions of the website still continue to run this very day, and I have no plans to close those either.