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8 Social Media Sites That Didn’t Survive The Test of Time

Want to take a look at the days before Facebook and Instagram took over the social media scene?

Not all social media sites were created to be as long-standing as Facebook. Here’s a look back at all the other social media sites that either didn’t stand the test of time or didn’t live up to the demands of its users.

Warning: Some of these may trigger memories of your embarrassing teenage emo/hip-hop/boyband phase. Proceed with caution.

#1. Friendster (Inactive since June 14, 2015)

Friendster (Inactive since June 14, 2015)

Ah, good old Friendster with its testimonials, friend list limit, and connectivity with anyone and everyone (even your creepy high school stalker). In its later years, you could even customize your page with fancy cursors, glittery gifs, and even music!

#2. MySpace (Rebranded as of 2011)

MySpace (Rebranded as of 2011)

If you went through a phase where the music you were into would dictate your lifestyle, you probably had a MySpace account. It was filled to the brim with music junkies, kids tinkering with HTML, and of course, Tom Anderson, the founder of MySpace as your first friend.

#3. Multiply (Inactive since May 31, 2013)

Multiply (Inactive since May 31, 2013)

Source: Rapple

Were you that friend who had a borderline decent camera on your phone or a 2 megapixel digicam? Then you probably used Multiply as your photodump. Sadly, the image-heavy site was eventually transformed into an e-commerce site that wasn’t as popular with many users.

#4. LiveJournal (Active but no longer as popular)

LiveJournal (Active, but no longer as popular)

Source: Iksanika

LiveJournal was a fanfiction haven for anyone with a fandom from the late 1990s to early 2000s. Writers thrived on the text-heavy format of LiveJournal and it became a great online platform for people with shared interests.

#5. Plurk (Active but majority of its traffic is from Taiwan)

Plurk (Active, but majority of its traffic is from Taiwan)

Plurk is a real-time microblogging site with a 210-character limit. Sounds like a popular social media platform you know? Yep, it was definitely overshadowed by Twitter, hence Plurk’s decrease in popularity.

#6. Xanga (Active as Xanga 2.0)

Xanga (Active as Xanga 2.0)

Xanga is like the artsy lovechild of Multiply and Twitter. Through Xanga graphic designers and photographers would share images and it eventually allowed for microblogging. However, due to the uploading limit and numerous plagiarism complaints by users, it eventually faded away into the background.

#7. DeviantArt (Active though overshadowed by other portfolio sites)

DeviantArt (Active, though overshadowed by other portfolio sites)

If you had any skills with drawing, had a scanner, or knew your way around Photoshop by the early 2000s, you may have had a DeviantArt account. Today, DeviantArt is still going strong, though its format is overshadowed by more professional-looking sites like Behance and Artstation.

#8. Vine (Discontinued by Twitter in 2016)

Vine (To be discontinued by Twitter in 2016)
Vine was an instant success that allowed users to share 6-second looping videos via other social media sites. It was a stepping stone for many now-famous internet celebrities.

Which of these sites did you use when they were in their prime? And which sites that are still popular today do you predict will soon be included in this list?

22 Comments

  1. Chris Chin Yok Cheong

    May 15, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    all my friends in friendster gone and cannot be recover… cant even find them in fb… even my ex too..

  2. Chris Chin Yok Cheong

    March 5, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    all my friends in friendster gone and cannot be recover… cant even find them in fb… even my ex too..

  3. Cheryll Oliver

    May 14, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    I really miss MySpace. I had such a cool page. And my playlist… I will never be able to copy that. I had something like 1000 songs!!!

  4. Faiza Ali Akhtar

    May 14, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    U missed orkut

  5. Cheryll Oliver

    March 5, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    I really miss MySpace. I had such a cool page. And my playlist… I will never be able to copy that. I had something like 1000 songs!!!

  6. Faiza Ali Akhtar

    March 5, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    U missed orkut

  7. Marco Diongzon

    May 14, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    i miss camfrog

  8. Jei Rocero

    May 14, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    I love multiply.. you can upload lots of photos.

  9. Marco Diongzon

    March 5, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    i miss camfrog

  10. Jei Rocero

    March 5, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    I love multiply.. you can upload lots of photos.

  11. Annjanet Alagon

    May 14, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Oh my friendster

  12. Ayn Yang

    May 14, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    You missed BEBO hahaah

  13. Skyleth Dagala Alfar

    May 14, 2017 at 4:59 AM

    Me too i did not save my picture

  14. Annjanet Alagon

    March 5, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Oh my friendster

  15. Zailyn Cuevas Panaligan

    May 14, 2017 at 4:27 AM

    I missed friendster..a lot of memory pictured i had ..but it gone

  16. Ron Dela Cruz

    May 14, 2017 at 4:09 AM

    I missed my Friendster account, lots of great pics in my account are now gone 😑😑😑

  17. Ayn Yang

    March 5, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    You missed BEBO hahaah

  18. Diane Abongan

    May 14, 2017 at 3:36 AM

    I miss my Xanga account 😞

  19. Skyleth Dagala Alfar

    March 5, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    Me too i did not save my picture

  20. Zailyn Cuevas Panaligan

    March 5, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    I missed friendster..a lot of memory pictured i had ..but it gone

  21. Ron Dela Cruz

    March 5, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    I missed my Friendster account, lots of great pics in my account are now gone 😑😑😑

  22. Diane Abongan

    March 5, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    I miss my Xanga account 😞

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