Can you imagine a world without Facebook? Or Twitter? Or even LinkedIn? These titans of the internet have only been around for a few years, and yet life without them would seem very strange indeed for the millions of people who use the social networks on a daily basis.
And yet, once upon a time, back at the dawn of the millennium, the same could have been said for a number of other social media networks.
Who remembers Friendster, for example? What about the almighty MySpace? Google’s Orkut? SixDegrees? These are all social networks of old that have been overtaken by today’s social media behemoths.
Amazingly, some of these sites are now making their comebacks, keeping their famous brands but reinventing themselves for a modern audience. Now it seem that there really is a chance that some of them could rise phoenix-like from the ashes once again.
The story of these first social networks, which is analysed in the following infographic, is a fascinating one. Not least because it could provide many important lessons to the giants of social media today. The internet is constantly changing, constantly evolving, and there is no saying just what new social experiences may pop up in one, five or 10 years from now.
After all, new social media experiences are appearing all the time. Take Snapchat, for example, or Vine. These have become household names virtually overnight, and today’s all-conquering giants of social media could be tomorrow’s old news.
So take a look through the following infographic, which provides a detailed analysis of some of the big social media names of old. It includes information such as why they faded rather than prospered over the years, and includes soem interesting facts that you may not have known.
One thing is for certain: today’s big social networks will be carefully studying the often rapid demises of their fore bearers in the hope of avoiding the same fate. Whether they will succeed, of course, is another issue entirely.
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