Social networking sites have been around for sometime now and most people have some kind of presence on these sites. It helps them to connect with old friends and stay connected with their group. Social networking sites made their appearance early on in this century and many became popular, but the sites which came about earlier have now been taken on by newer entrants and the earlier sites are making an exit. Recently, Orkut announced its closure and many Indians and Brazilians who had an account with the website were nostalgic about it. Many other social websites have already made their exit. Let us look at some of them below:-
1. Orkut was created by former Google employee and became very popular as a site to connect and share photographs and videos. It was one of the most visited sites in India and Brazil. It became the target of criminal activities, state censorship and privacy issues and had to be closed.
2. MySpace was the most popular site in 2005 – 2008. It laid a special emphasis on music and influenced pop culture during that time, but it lost out to newer entrants who had better features.
3. Live Journal allowed a user to maintain a diary, journal or blog. Many Russian politicians have used this site to express themselves and reach out to the public, but security was an issue and it was the subject of many controversies.
4. Hi5 was a popular website in 2008. It was a regular networking site until 2009 when many gaming features were added.
5. Ping was a website launched by Apple and was essentially meant to be devoted to music where fans could follow their artists and view all the updates posted on the site. Fans could connect with each other and keep track of concerts. Its drawback was that it was not integrated to other social networking sites and many artists were absent from the site.
6. Friendster was started in 2002 as a networking site and attracted a lot of traffic in Asia. It became very popular, but did not live up to its potential. It has now become more of a gaming site now than a networking site.
7. Eons was intended as a platform for baby boomers and other users who had crossed forty years of age. In spite of receiving heavy funding and in spite of including many features targeted at the older generation, it still failed to take off in a big way and had to be closed down in 2012.
8. iYomu was meant for internet users above the age of eighteen years, but the niche site did not receive a great welcome and folded up in 2008.
9. The Hub was backed by the retail giant, Walmart. It was aimed at teenagers and was intended to connect them to the products in the store, but the constant notifications to parents put off teenagers and they stayed away from the site.
10. ConnectU was started by Facebook’s Zuckerberg’s collaborators and is currently inactive. Originally called HavardConnection, Mark Zuckerberg launched this site along with his Havard classmates. The site had all the common networking features but lost out to Facebook in 2003.
Besides these, they were more that fizzled out in no time. They were designed and developed to cater to different needs and purposes but failed the test of time. However, to users, the nostalgia of the old sites will linger forever.