The history of the commercial Internet only stretches back to the mid-’90s. But in that short time, it’s managed to accrue quite a number of extinct memes, technologies, and, of course, social media websites. With Facebook, Twitter and other sites dominating the modern social Internet, is there any room for old has-beens to “return from the grave,” or are they gone for good?
Whether by ignoring the needs of their users, failing to scale properly as they grew in popularity, or even running afoul of the authorities, once-mighty social media titans such as Xanga and Six Degrees have gone from household names to increasingly obscure fossils in less than a decade. Others, like Google’s second-tier social media endeavor Orkut, linger on as slowly-crumbling shadows of their former selves, their market share and user base under constant assault by their more popular successors. Read More