Not all social media platforms are here to stay. Some of the platforms died despite having millions of followers. Other platforms had a great deal of hype but didn't live up the expectations of the public.
Here are four social media platforms that pretty much kicked the bucket:
Friendster: Free for people to create accounts, Friendster was brought to life by a Canadian in 2002 which predates social networking sites such as Facebook (2004). The site is was made available in multiple languages including English, Persian, Malay, and Japanese. Friendster won different awards and even developed a payments platform. Friendster even received a $30M buyout offer from Google in 2003 which it turned down. Despite all of its success, Friendster suspended its services in 2015.
MySpace: A good chunk of people on Facebook have had MySpace profiles at one point. MySpace made it easy for individuals around the world to network and share photos, blogs, music, and videos. For several years, it was the largest social networking site until it was surpassed by Facebook. Yes, MySpace is still around but it's almost nonexistent in the conversations of people due to MySpace's inability to adapt to the evolving online landscape.
Peach: Built by the co-creator of Vine which also no longer exists, Peach made waves when it was released to the public. Peach was designed for users to share simple funny updates during the day. The app was hyped as a game changer and was poised as a threat to SnapChat and WhatsApp. Peach was at the top of the Apple app charts in 2016 but soon died a quick death within two days.
Pownce: This platform was probably the closest thing we have to Twitter around 2007 and 2008. It was a type of micro-blogging site. Pownce was free for users to engage with and was amazingly acquired in December 2008 after launching in June 2007. Unfortunately for Pownce, several factors such as the lack of revenue, stagnant growth, and the rising presence of Twitter led to the shutdown of Pownce.
Did you have an account with any of these social media platforms? Do you miss these platforms? If so, let us know in the comments below!