Seemingly so, or not, depending on who you believe. The site is seemingly offline at the moment due to a “temporary hitch”
There is an irony to it all. I found out about it on Twitter, the main social media I use in place of Bebo, and I am blogging about it on WordPress, the main blogging interface I use instead of Bebo.
It’s quite trendy to knock the site, but it was great in it’s heyday, back in 2006 and 2007.
The site was so big during it’s heyday, it was subject to weekly reports on Newsline about how it was corrupting the youth of the nation.
It seemed there were only two types of people using Bebo : Paramilitaries recruiting people and Paedos grooming people.
No paramilitary ever tried to recruit me and no Paedo ever tried to groom me. Feel quite left out.
Nowadays, the Newsline and UTV Live scare stories focus on Facebook and Twitter, with poor Bebo feeling left out.
It was an innocent text message that started it all for me. I’d been asked about a party that night. It was the first I knew about it, as it had all been organised via Bebo.
So, the next day, I signed up and got hooked. After adding my main circle of friends, people who worked at The Globe, I then sussed out people from school, and the period between school and The Globe, and found myself getting back in touch with old friends I hadn’t seen in ages.
I couldn’t help but think what life working at The Globe would have been like if the social media boom had happened while I worked there. I think every shift would have begun with “Andrew, a quick word about a recent status update”
It is thanks to Bebo that I fell back in love with photography. As per ettiquette, I needed to have a profile photo.
I hate getting my photo taken, so I uploaded some photos of graffiti and murals from my phone. The quality was rubbish, so I went and took better ones with a digital camera.
And thus, I got the bug, and now take photos of everything and anything.
To be honest, photos are the only reason I used Bebo the past three years, as there was very little interaction, but it was great for having a photo archive and for getting jpeg properties for putting onto WordPress.
Unfortunately, it looks like i’ll have to edit two years worth of blog posts containing photos. Thankfully, I made back-ups on Myspace (Yes, I know)
A social media site is only as good as it’s content. Facebook has friend updates, Twitter has news updates, Myspace has music uploads. Bebo …… well?
Also, I got the blog bug as well as I started writing a weekly update on what five songs I was enjoying the previous week, and my thoughts on the previous week’s football.
As well as this, I did concert reviews whenever I went to a concert.
I know that people were reading it, as songs I listed were appearing on people’s flashboxes soon after.
I’d been thinking about leaving for a while, and I took the plunge into WordPress in late 2009. There were so many better features, such as categrosiing and the ability to have more than three previous posts on a page.
Such was my Bebo inactivity, that I would get e-mails reminding me that it was a friend’s birthday, so I would log onto Facebook to wish them a Happy Birthday.
It will always remind me of the last year of my degree, as that’s when I signed up and got the most use out of it.
If this is the end of Bebo, it would have been nice if the pages were kept as an archive rather than being wiped totally.
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