The Ghosts of Social Media Networking Sites Past

Of course, there are the usual suspects. The “Big Three” as I like to call them. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. But more often than not, social media sites seem to come and go almost as often as the seasons. One day, you’re hearing all about the newest and coolest social networking app or site, the next day it’s heading straight back to the Silicon Valley start-up it came from. I thought my blog post this week could be dedicated to a few major social media networking sites that are no longer around, but that still had a significant impact on the current social media landscape we now know.

First up, Google +. Google has consistently struggled with their attempt to create a rival for Facebook (looking at you Google Wave). They launched Google Plus in the summer of 2011. You could upload a profile photo, post status updates, include your work/family history, and follow your friends. Sounds familiar, right? Unlike Facebook, Google + proved to be not very user-friendly and provided nothing new and was met with limited interest from the general public. After it was announced that there was a serious software design flaw that put members private information at risk, the site saw a huge decline in their already dwindling members. Google + officially shut down on April 2, 2019.

Google + had such high hopes of being the rival to Facebook.

Up next, Vine. Vine was launched in 2013 after it had been acquired from it’s original developed by Twitter. Vine enabled users to be able to upload and share 6-second video clips on a loop. At it’s peak, Vine was the most downloaded free app. However, its success didn’t last very long. With new competitors like Instagram video and, most notably, Snapchat, Vine declined in popularity. By 2016, Vine was no more, but it left behind plenty of funny videos for us to peruse when we’re bored or nostalgic. This proves that is essential for social media apps to stay on top of trends to be at the top of the heap.

Last, but certainly not least, the social networking site that started it all. Myspace. Okay, okay. “Technically” speaking Myspace is still around and even has an office and employees and a mandate. However, it is not the Myspace we all once knew and loved. Who can forget streaming your favourite songs and picking your top 10 “best friends” for the week. What nostalgia.

Myspace brings back all the nostalgia for early 2000’s teens

What do you think makes a great social media networking site? What social media networking sites do you miss the most? What is your favourite one now? Leave your answers in the comments below!

What social media networking sites do you miss the most? Take a look at the “ghosts of social networking sites past” here:

The ghosts of social networking sites past. Which ones do you miss the most? #throwbackThursday #socialnetworking

2 thoughts on “The Ghosts of Social Media Networking Sites Past

  1. Hi Desiree,
    Great blog post! I couldn’t agree more about social media sites coming and going. I almost can’t keep up with all the latest technology. Even the popular apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram keep updating and changing the way it functions, as well as coming out with new features. I almost miss the simpler times! My favourite is definitely Instagram as I use it frequently for work and find that it is very effective in the sense that I can reach my intended audience better because of all of the users, its mobile-friendly and easy to use which is a bonus, and I like being able to like comments, comment back, and engage my audience by adding interactive posts such as polls, surveys, questions, etc.
    What is your favourite?

  2. Great Blog Desirée! Thank-you for sharing. Of those that you mentioned, I had only experienced “My Space.” Very quickly Facebook became the new reality. I did like “My Space” but felt that I was constantly getting followers that I did not desire. Maybe because I had a picture of Joanna Lumley in the series “Absolutely Fabulous.” She is quite lovely looking and I’m sure that these young men thought that it was my real photo! I’ve learned so much since then. I do have an “Ello” account but other than to communicate with my cousin, haven’t used it once. (Need to delete that as I think of it). I also have an Instagram account, but I feel like I spend quite enough time on facebook, which now owns instagram anyway. What scares me is the data I may leave on far too many social media network servers.

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