Social networks are sites and applications that most of the people have access to them. If we hear the term ‘social networks’, the first thing that comes to our mind are the most popular sites or applications that currently exist. Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram are the most typical social networks today.
In general, the internet along with social networks has brought us many advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages could be that they allow easy communication between people or groups of people, also the exchange of multimedia files like photos and videos. Among the disadvantages we can place the lack of privacy.
What were the social networks that people used the most before?
These social networks that we are going to mention below had their great moment many years ago. Like the ones that currently exist, these also allowed the exchange of information, post photos and videos, among other features that they had.
Surely you have used several of these social networks, but as days went by you have replaced them with more current ones. Previously, sites like My Space were used by everyone around the world and many people believe that it has disappeared.
The curious thing is that this and other social networks still exist today and if you were part of that group of people who thought that those sites were close, you were wrong. For this reason, we will make a review to find out what has happened to them.
The social network Xing
Xing is the most used social network to search for job offers in Europe and in the Spanish market. Lately, this site has had a high number of new users because of the bad economic times that we are having around the world.
On the other hand, many users prefer this site because it attaches greater importance to managing their own digital identity. This means that if someone is making a search to hire staff, the impression they receive about us have to be optimal.
We have to say that this social network in the professional field was previously much more popular, but it was dethroned in 2017 by Linkedin. It may seem that Xing came first, but both networks emerged in 2003.
Currently, despite the fact that Linkedin leads the position of this type of website, Xing is still active and has more than 15 million users.
This social network had some similarities with Facebook, with the difference that each user could only upload one photo per day. Friends who were registered here, could leave us comments below our images.
This site was created in May 2002, by Scout Heiferman and Adam Seifer. At first, it started as a project dedicated to just 200 friends, but over time it acquired a bit of popularity. Users could have free or paid accounts for better service.
The objective of Fotolog was not to offer to the users the possibility of having photo albums or collections, the idea was to have a small space where they could share the best experiences or the most representative photos of each day, week or each month.
However, on January 4, 2016 and without previous announcements, this social network was closed but reopened again on the 26th of the same month. In May 2018 they announced their relaunch, but on February 1, 2019, Fotolog.com stopped being available on the web.
The social network My Space
This site was founded in the United States and for a long time it has made available to users a web space that can be personalized in the best way that they liked. This social network gives us the possibility of posting some personal information and creating a blog.
Previously, it was in a time of great success and several companies were specifically dedicated on making My Space designs for musical groups. Here, the My Space profiles of some musicians received more visits than on their official sites.
Although it was open to all types of users, the strength part of MySpace has always been the approach it had as a platform for artists to show their music, their photos and their tours around the world.
If we refer to the musical world, this social network was a real gem because it was the place where artists who were just starting out or big bands came to make themselves known. That’s why it was really terrible that they lost 53 million files uploaded between 2003 and 2015. This happened in 2019 because a server migration would take place.
Despite the fact that this social network has been a little forgotten, it is still active and has 32 million users.
First of all, we have to admit that Hi5 was one of our favorite social networks for a long time. How we can forget those times when we came home from school or work and turned on our computer to connect and interact with our friends.
Several of the activities that we spent hours doing on this website, was the modification of the design of our profile. We added glitter images and even photographs with messages of improvement.
Also, we can’t forget the song that we posted daily so users who entered to our profile could listen to it. In addition, we could not miss the comments on our wall and the possibility to see who accessed to it.
Hi5 was a very successful social network, in 2007 it was between the 25 most visited websites in the world and it had more than 70 million users. It is still available today, with a focus on fun and games.
The social network Delicius
Delicius was created in 2003 and is one of the services that allowed the management of social bookmarks. It allowed us to save, store and share links with other users of this social network. One of the benefits of this site was that we could save and organize our favorite links and access them from any site and device.
To access to it, all we had to do was to make a previous registration which we could place a profile photo and information about us that was visible to others.
It has been owned by Yahoo, YouTube in 2011 and in 2014 it was acquired by Science.inc, which was a company created by one of the founders of Myspace. Although it had its great moment where it was very popular, in 2019 the platform stopped being active.