Ah, 2021. The year Reddit messed with Wall Street. What next?
The thing that absolutely everybody could live without, and absolutely nobody asked to make a return: Bebo.
If you don’t know what Bebo is, you’re probably still young, fit and healthy.
If you do know what Bebo is, you probably have a lot of anxiety right now. Is your profile from 2006 going to come back online, for all to see!? All those photos of you in that phase that you totally erased from your memory…oh dear god.
All ex-Bebo users, I can calm your fears right now – your profile is long gone.
The founders of Bebo have stated that:
“This is a totally new site developed by the original founders. All the old accounts are long gone (probably for the better, though sorry for the old photos!).”
Bebo, founded in 2005, was the OG social media platform. Alongside MySpace, Bebo was the largest and most popular social network of its time.
It was so popular that it had more than 10.7 million unique users in the UK alone. Bebo was huge.
Devastatingly, the platform went bankrupt in 2013. This was mostly Mark Zuckerberg’s fault.
The numbers of unique users were falling rapidly in 2010, as users were switching to the new and exciting site that was Facebook.
Ultimately, Bebo did not survive the rivalry. After its bankruptcy, Bebo tried to make several comebacks, but none of them really worked. They tried everything from instant messaging to video streaming, to no avail.
Eventually, Amazon acquired Bebo in 2019, and it was finally shut down.
Bebo made an announcement on it’s website which read:
“Bebo is coming back in February 2021 as a brand new social network. We are currently in private beta. If you’ve been invited please enter the password below.”
The announcement continued,
“This is a totally new site developed by the original founders. All the old accounts are long gone (probably for the better, though sorry for the old photos!).
So there you have it. Bebo is making a return, though it is not yet clear what form the networking site will take.
What we do know is that Donald Trump is banned from Bebo. Yep. The site followed up their return announcement with a statement that said:
“On the good news front, Trump is banned from bebo before we’ve even launched. The world really IS moving forward!”
Will you be returning to Bebo or would you rather leave that in the past?
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