These social networks which have utterly disappeared from circulation

Just like billions from streaming or billions from the crisis, billions of social networks are enough to make your head spin : of the world’s population, which now has almost 5 billion Internet users, 4.48 billion are registered on the social network!

Very clever, however, who twenty years ago could have predicted that social networks would take on such a scale (2×24 daily use), especially since in the meantime many stars of their time have fallen.

Bad management, bad strategy, bad technology… back to the ancestors of Instagram, TikTok and Twitch.

StumbleUpon (2001-2018)

At the turn of the century, Geoff Smith and Garrett Camp (future co-founder of Uber) developed a platform that allows discovering new content (pages, photos, videos, etc.) via the system from “I like” i “I do not like”.

The instrument of chance, if it ever existed, StumbleUpon (“fall on”, “find by chance” in French) cumulates 12 million users in 2010!

In 2012, this fine progress came to a halt particularly poorly received platform redesign. From there, StumbleUpon can’t stop the steady decline in traffic despite many layoff plans.

Friendster (2002-2018)

Launched in 2002, Friendster was very short the largest social network in the world. Profiles, groups, instant messages, voices … the concept comes home right away, so much so that a year later the network, still in beta, has 3 million users.

This sudden popularity then saturates the servers (sometimes it takes a few tens of seconds to load a page).

does not matter, Google offers founders to download Friendster for $ 30 million… which they refuse on the grounds that they prefer to remain independent – a move that is still considered one of the worst in the history of Silicon Valley.

Tormented by technical problems, Friendster also suffered the full burden of the emergence of Facebook in 2004while its strict moderation policy deters users.

Southeast Asia will serve as a lifeline for some time, before the 2009 redesign ends with killing traffic.

Owned by a Malaysian company, Friendster sold its technology to Facebook for $ 40 million, and then in 2011. becomes a platform for playing.

The experience lasts four years. Friendster closed in 2015 and filed for bankruptcy in 2018.

Baby (2005-2013)

Not the most famous in our area, in 2007 Bebo wasthe most visited social network in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Next year, with 80 million users, this close relative of Facebook (creating profiles, adding friends, etc.) takes over AOL for a modest sum of $ 850 million.

Bad luck, that was the case that year as well Facebook has jumped forevercompletely obscuring the competition.

Sold in 2010 to Criterion Capital Partners, Bebo was declared bankrupt in 2013.

Re-launched in 2014 in the form of a courier, before Amazon bought it in 2019, there are rumors here and there one restart he would be in the pipes.

Ping (2010-2012)

No, the late Steve Jobs was not always right.

Apple’s creation, iTunes Ping (that’s his full name) had the ambition to gather the masses by allowing the user to discover the music his friends listen to and downloadbut also artists registered online.

Despite claiming a million registered within 48 hours of its creation, this “Facebook + Twitter integrated” according to jobs, falls in large latitudes after two short years of activity.


Google+ (2011-2019)

Designed to overthrow FacebookWe would see what we would see.

Google+ thinks it found a martingale offer through new interactionssuch as the ability to create circles to share different content with different people, share group video chats, or My Business features for companies.

as, despite the abundance of resources (and the fact that everyone with a Gmail account is automatically subscribed to Google+), the sauce never came to life.

2018 detection of security breaches ultimately condemns Google+.

Vine (2012-2016)

The first social network to bet 100% on video offering to make six-second mini-clips to repeat in a loop.

Acquired by Twitter for $ 30 million even before the official launch, Vine quickly gained great popularity … to the point that In the end, Snapchat and Instagram simply and simply copy its functionality.

These savages are obsolete, Vine then tries to make a living by becoming a Vine Cameraan app that offers Twitter users the ability to use old Vine directly on their profile.

Very poorly rated for its slowness, however, Vine Camera has stopped being used in the process.

Periscope (2013-2021)

Frustrated that they could not follow the 2013 Turkish protests live on Twitter, Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein launched their own tool. Originally called Bounty, it was bought by Twitter in 2015 for an estimated sum between $ 50 million and $ 100 million.

Since January 2016, L’Oiseau Bleu has integrated live video content into its news, specifically to counter competition from Facebook Live. Success is in the meeting and During the summer of 2016, Periscope crosses the bar of 200 million live recordings from its beginnings.

unfortunately several scandals tarnish the image of the network such as footballer Serge Aurier insulting his colleagues and Lauren Blanc, self-recording prisoners, retransmissions of sporting events and TV series subject to rebroadcast rights, etc..

Subsequent decline in the number of subscribers, along with maintenance becomes too expensive then have reason for the Periscope.

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