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Website: Archive of Our Own
aka: AO 3
Archive of Our Own (also known as AO3) is a relatively new Fan Fic Web site. The site itself has been running since late 2008, but has only started to become widespread and popular from 2011 onward. To give an indication of how young it is compared to the existing behemoth, AO3 reached one million stories in total on February 15, 2014. The Harry Potter fandom on FFN had roughly 674,000 on its own on the same day. The rise in popularity has been helped along by the rise of Tumblr as both sites share a similar fandom mentality and outlook, as well as by AO3 being the official hosting site or encouraged posting site for a few popular fanfic fests and events such as Yuletide. It also gained popularity when had a crackdown on Mature Content Fics. AO3 is very popular because it allows users to view fics as one single document instead of the separated chapters and even download stories as HTML, EPUB, MOBI and PDF files, making it great for people who want the stories on the go.
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alternative title(s): A O3; Archive Of Our Own
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