Infographic: Can these old social networks make a comeback?

MySpace, Digg, Xanga and other pioneering social media sites have faded behind Facebook, Twitter and other modern giants. But can the predecessors make a comeback? This graphic weighs the odds.

Do you remember Xanga?

How about Digg, Friendster or MySpace?

These social media sites were once the most popular places on the Web, but innovative competitors, botched overhauls and revenue issues anchored these sites firmly in the past—mostly.

If you’re wondering whether these sites are still around (you want to look up your old profiles, don’t you?), look no further than this infographic by WhoIsHostingThis.com.

Some of the social networks are still up and running, some are making comebacks and others are gone for good. Here’s the status of four of them:

Friendster: The pioneer social networking site.

  • Primary cause of death: Friendster lacked a newsfeed. After you created your profile, there wasn’t much to do compared with Facebook and MySpace.
  • What the network is like now: Friendster relaunched as a gaming site in 2011. Ninety percent of its traffic comes from Asia.

MySpace: Once the most popular digital hangout.

  • Primary cause of death: MySpace didn’t keep up with the needs of its users. It rarely made changes and ultimately lost users to Facebook.
  • What the network is like now: MySpace rebranded as a social music-discovery site in 2013. It’s competing with sites like Spotify, but Justin Timberlake is leading MySpace’s revival.

Digg: One of the first social news sites that allowed users to rank content.

  • Primary cause of death: Digg conducted a massive site overhaul that was riddled with bugs and removed most of the site’s popular features.
  • What the network is like now: Digg relaunched as a news aggregator in 2013. It was built on fresh code and features more images.

Xanga: The teen blogging service of the 2000s.

  • Primary cause of death: Xanga lost users to sleeker, more modern competitors. Xanga also allegedly violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act in 2006, which didn’t help.
  • What the network is like now: Xanga will be converted into an open-source format on WordPress, and will require users to pay a monthly subscription fee to host their blogs.

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