10 old internet trends (2)
Trends on the Internet are constantly changing, and those changes tend to happen extremely fast. A website or social network that was cool last year is probably at least a little less cool today. That’s just the way it goes when it comes to web culture and better technology. We get bored and move on to newer, cooler things.
The Internet is still young, but we’ve already seen a whole bunch of sites, tools and social trends peak in user numbers and then slowly die right before our eyes. So here’s a blast from the past of some of our most beloved Internet trends we once knew and loved so many years ago – yet hardly even remember today.
In the previous edition we talked about
1. Geocities, 2. ICQ, 3. Hotmail, 4. Neopets and 5. Napster
Friendster, The “original Facebook” as some have called it. It first launched in 2002 and attracted tens of millions of users who could connect with another, communicate and share their interests. Although it was considered to be one of the very first social networks, it never managed to maintain its popularity much further into the 2000s – especially as rival Facebook started exploding online. Surprisingly, people still use Friendster these days. That’s right, it’s still alive. Friendster. com.
It’s hard to recall a time before Google used to be the go-to search engine for everything. But before Google got as big as it has in the 2000s, we had a lot of other options to search for stuff. Altavista was one of them. Owned by Yahoo!, Altavista’s search engine was shut down in 2011 for failing to keep up with the competition. You can still visit Altavista.com, however punching any keyword into it will return results from the Yahoo! Search engine.
Remember when every single PC had a Netscape shortcut on its desktop to surf the web? Back then, Netscape held the majority of the web browser market. That’s right. times has changed since then. By the end of 2006, Netscape went from 90 percent browser usage to less than one percent. It was buried for good in 2008. Today, AOL uses the Netscape domain and brand name to market its own news content.
Myspace. Now we’re talking social networking. Compared to most of the sites and tools that made this list, Myspace is actually doing remarkably well. Before Facebook, it was a magical place that people could use to connect with custom-designed pages. A lot of artists and musicians still use the platform to promote their work and connect with their friends. But are we all so totally over Myspace now? We’re not too sure just yet. It was given a total UI overhaul, with Justin Timberlake backing up this “new” kind of Myspace. We’ll keep you updated on this one.
10. MSN Messenger
MSN Messenger (or Windows Live Messenger). Before we had Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch with family and friends, we had MSN Messenger. For 14 years, it was the preferred messenger of choice for many of us. The service was shut down in March 15, 2013, the service was shut down for good. Users were encouraged to take all their messaging needs over to Skype instead.
(Culled from webtrends. about.com… follow @sinach360 and @Daily_Trust) It’s simple, cattle owners should keep their cattle in ranches and not go grazing around with them. Government should support them by subsidizing the price of their livestock feeds, our security agencies are overworked at present it will be unwise deploying troops that should protect humans to start guarding cattle. Must FG put a stop to cattle rustling? What are states and FCTA doing? Is stopping cattle theft a headache the federal government should worry about? Governors should create grazing areas in their states or ensure that cattle owners create ranches for them. Should it be the FG that will stop cattle rustling? What happened to the PTF money pumped to develop grazing reserves that never took off during the military regimes?