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NeoTube was a video sharing site that was launched on April 5, 2024. It was founded by CatLii co-founder epic52. It was the replacement to CatLii, as it has most of the CatLii staff on their team and it was launched a few days before CatLii was shutdown.

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The domain was registered by fellow CatLii co-founder Flowerz on March 31, 2024. The site was also coded by Flowerz from the domain registry date to the public launch date of April 5, 2024. It was originally intended to be a 2005 YouTube revival but due to various staff members wanting originality as well as Flowerz's coding limitations it has it's own layout and site theme. The site was also anonymous, it was originally planned to have accounts but when Flowerz was coding the uploader and the watch pages they didn't account for users so the team didn't include the feature.

On April 18, 2024, they added accounts and changed their tagline from "Your Anonymous Digital Video Repository" to "Your New Digital Video Repository", as well as cutting ties with YTPMaker and Fuki leaving the team.

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Flowerz announcing the future of NeoTube in a blog post: April 20, 2024.

On April 19, 2024, the website's code went open source on GitHub.[1][2] Later that night, Flowerz made an announcement in the NeoTube Discord saying if anybody was interested in owning NeoTube to DM her and that if nobody took it that it would be shutdown by Sunday, April 21, 2024, she later said in a blog post on April 20, 2024, "If you can't tell, I hate NeoTube. This site has destroyed me. I have no motivation." and later on in the post "Since this project began as CatLii in December 2023 it has taken over my life, so much money has been spent, so many hours have been given up, and for what? This mediocre half-assed piece of shit website? No. It ends now I just can't do it." following that with "I'm leaving NeoTube, if you want it DM me it's free and if nobody grabs it by Sunday its being shutdown."

On April 21, 2024, Flowerz announced the site was being sold to users named Juan and Copy and that the servers were in the process of changing and the site would be temporarily unavailable.

On May 2, 2024, the sale of the website to Juan and Copy was cancelled, and NeoTube came back online under Flowerz and epic52's ownership once again, Juan and Copy would instead become owners of, and revive, CatLii.

On May 7, 2024, the site began using the 2005 YouTube layout instead of the customized layout it originally had and became a 2005 YouTube revival, the update post stated the site was "supposed to use the YT2005 layout from the beginning but I [Flowerz] didn't feel like coding that layout, so now we're finally faithful to out original plan".[3]

On May 28, 2024, Juan became a co-owner of NeoTube alongside Flowerz and epic52, earlier the same month NeoTube was supposed to be sold to Juan and Copy but the sale was cancelled.

Between May 28 and May 30, 2024, NeoTube was moved to a new server and embedding videos, an optional Flash player for videos and a Flash based version of the site for older browsers were released.

On June 26, 2024, NeoTube was rewritten to be more faithful to 2005 YouTube, NeoTube became a 2005 YouTube revival in May 2024, but the site still had many parts of the original layout until the rewrite was released, the rewrite included changing the profile page, changing the watch page, changing the videos page, adding a channels page and adding a partner program.

On June 27, 2024, NeoTube implemented monthly contests, with the first being "Find a Dandelion" for July 2024.[4][5]

On June 28, 2024, NeoTube and CatLii were suspended by IFastNet due to nonpayment, they resumed operation on July 4, 2024.

On July 9, 2024, NeoTube and CatLii were shutdown. The shutdown page said that developers from both sites were working on a site called YouClipped which was still in beta, the shutdown page allowed users to download their content or transfer it to YouClipped and be alerted when YouClipped was released.

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