What Happened to them? 5 Social Networks that we Never Heard from Again

Although social networks are prevalent, several have disappeared over time. We show you the five most representative.

Social Network MySpace and Vine

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The world of social networks has grown remarkably in recent years. After all, cell phones have become an essential part of our daily lives since these applications allow us to discover content, inform ourselves, and interact with other people immediately.

At present several social networks are gaining a sustained role in recent years. For example, TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter are the most used, each with different functionalities. Now, did you know that not all social networks have survived?

In this article, we'll explore five social networks that had their heyday but are no more.

1. MySpace

MySpace was one of the most popular social networks in the 2000s. It was founded in 2003 and quickly gained popularity among young people and musicians, who used the platform to share music and connect with other artists. However, MySpace's popularity declined as Facebook gained ground in the market.

In addition, MySpace also faced technical and security issues that affected user experience and trust in the platform. In 2011, the company was acquired by Specific Media Group and has since been transformed into an entertainment platform.

2. MSN Messenger

One that you surely remember! Created by Microsoft in 1999, it was considered a "previous" version of WhatsApp. The reason? Well, it was used so that users could chat safely. The difference is that to be able to do it. You need to be active in the session, that is, on the computer.

Although you could only send texts at first, emoticons or the classic buzzes were later incorporated. In 2011, it was replaced by Skype, which positioned itself as a platform for making video calls. In turn, the arrival of WhatsApp made having this application useless.

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3. Fotolog

Fotolog was another of the most widely used applications in the 2000s. But what exactly was it? Born in 2006, it was nothing more than a digital "photo album" where users could open their accounts and post images accompanied by descriptions.

It closed in 2016 because, at that time, there was Instagram, which was positioned as the primary application for uploading photos and videos. It was one of the most popular, especially for teenagers of those years. In addition, users could comment on each other's accounts.

4. Snapchat

This is a particular case since it is still active. However, it peaked in popularity around 2015 and has declined ever since. Launched in 2011, it is a service that allows you to send later deleted messages. That is, it has messages that are "ephemeral."

And what was the problem with Snapchat? Easy: it offered a few features. Over time, other applications incorporated this same ephemeral message functionality, so using it no longer made sense. It was a boom for teenagers a couple of years ago, but hardly anyone uses it anymore.

5. Vine

And we come to an end! Vine was a short video platform that allowed users to record and share clips up to 6 seconds long. Despite its vast popularity and being acquired by Twitter in 2012, Vine shut down in 2017 due to competition from other social networks like Instagram and Snapchat.

That is to say. Vine was a precursor to what we currently know as "Stories." The fact that Instagram has taken this feature for itself made users want to stop using Vine. However, all shared content will always remain in our memories.

And you, do you remember any other social network that has disappeared?