Social media sites we’ve loved and lost as Trump launches new blog

Donald Trump has launched his own social media network – so what could possibly go wrong?

After being blocked from Facebook and Twitter, the former US president has gone it alone, with From The Desk Of Donald J Trump appearing on the ex-POTUS' official website.

It appears to be similar to a Twitter and Facebook feed with users able to “like” short posts and share them on their own pages.

But will it become a hit – or go the way of other previous social media networks?

Here Nadine Linge looks back at the sites we have loved and lost…

MySpace

One-time king of social media networks, MySpace was the biggest in the world from 2005 to 2008. Originally launched for aspiring musicians to share their work, stars including Calvin Harris and Adele were discovered after uploading their music to the site.

At its peak, 320,000 new users were signing up every day and it was valued at £8.6billion. But it soon got overtaken by new kids on the block Facebook and Twitter and by 2010 it was estimated half the users had simply left.

Yo

This app had one single function– to send the word "yo".

It was created by Israeli developer Or Arbel in eight hours after the CEO of the photo-sharing website Mobli, asked him to make a single-button app to send a notification to his ­assistant or wife.

By 2016 – the year it shut down after Arbel left – more than a 100 million 'yo's' had been sent.

Vine

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Vine allowed users to share six-second, looping video clips, much like TikTok dows nowadays.

Singer Shawn Mendes was discovered after a Vine of him singing a Justin Bieber cover went viral.

Launched in 2013, it had more than 300 million users by 2015.

But after other platforms such as Instagram began allowing users to film longer videos, interest declined and the app was discontinued in January 2017

Friends Reunited

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Launched in June 2000, this early network allowed users to track down old school friends and later university pals or workmates.

It led to old relationships being rekindled, most notably England goalkeeper David James, who left his wife and reconnected with a former flame.

The ability to leave comments about old teachers also caused trouble, with one retired teacher winning libel damages in 2002.

It was eclipsed by Facebook and closed down in 2016.

Bebo

This quirky social network had a focus on blogs, photos, and questionnaires and briefly overtook MySpace to become the UK’s most popular in 2007.

Was sold to AOL for £417m the following year in what the BBC called “one of the worst deals ever made in the dotcom era” and went bankrupt in 2013.

Google+/Google Buzz

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This was search giant Google’s attempts to take on Facebook and Twitter respectively.

Google+ was wound down in 2019. Buzz lasted less than two years amid privacy concerns.

Ello

Supposed Facebook killer which launched in 2014 with a promise never to sell users’ data. Still exists as more of a Pinterest-style arts site.

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