The social media sites we were using before leading platforms took over may be gone, but they will never be forgotten.

Social media has been a global phenomenon for years, and for most of us it has become a vital way in which we communicate from day to day, catch up on the latest goings so we feel constantly in the ‘now’, and even elevate businesses into new heights.

Since most social platforms are now optimised for mobile and electronic devices, we constantly have access to our friends, family members and a lot of people we don’t really personally know, but might be interested in their perspective on certain topics or just out of mutual human interest.

Before Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, most of us aged between about 20-30 grew up with sites such as Bebo, Myspace, Hi-5, MSN messenger and Profile pic.

Although it wasn’t really a social networking site in the traditional sense, I personally remember spending hours on MSN, somewhat socialising with friends on the instant messenger, so I guess I can slide it into this nostalgic post of buried but never forgotten social media websites.

1. Bebo

Everyone who was in high school from around 2005- early 2008 will remember Bebo and if you don’t – you were doing some serious shielding from the internet.

Bebo provided you with a profile that allowed you to upload personal blog posts, picture albums, music, videos and questionnaires.

It also gave you the option to share ‘love’ which was a symbol very similar to the heart emoji and a lot of people would spam your page asking for ‘love’ exchange and it was all apart of a little competitive game of seeing who could gain the most ‘love’.

Pretty similar to the obsession of gaining the most ‘likes’ on Instagram, it was something I didn’t take too seriously because to be honest there was nothing more annoying than looking in your comment section and seeing ”Hey can you send me some love?”.

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