Bebo.com disappears off the web without a sound [Update: Maybe not!]

Bebo was once the love-child of social networking, and even overtook MySpace to become the most popular social network in the United Kingdom at one point, but had been declining in use ever since the advent of Facebook. Today, it appears the site has silently slipped off the web.

AOL purchased Bebo back in March 2008 for a cool $850 million, however the company had an end goal of selling it on to another company which never came to fruition. As a result, AOL was not willing to invest in Bebo to further develop it or position it to compete with Facebook as it became increasingly popular. The last time a feature was added or changed was April 2011.

According to this tweet, Bebo's name servers (ns1.beboinc.com and ns2.beboinc.com) aren't responding, however we've not got official clarification. The BBC once called Bebo "one of the worst deals ever made in the dotcom era" and that it cost AOL CEO Randy Falco his job.

As Bebo disappears off the internet, we're sure a few teenagers are upset to be losing their customizable profiles and animated GIFs, but it's a harsh reality in a world ruled by Facebook. We've reached out to the Bebo folks for comment, and will let you know if its permanent or not.

Update: Bebo reached out to Techcrunch and said:

A Bebo spokesperson just emailed [TC] to say that the site was down due to “a technical clusterf***” — it’s not actually dead. He also says that the site still has a niche audience, largely in the United Kingdom, and it will be launching more products soon.

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Simon- said,
How does the nameservers being down mean that it is permanent? All they need to do is fix the nameservers.

Yeah, I tweet'd there just to clarify that while none of their servers are responding, no official comment has been made by the company. I should have made that more clear in my original tweet.

That's odd for them to disappear without a trace like that, doesn't look normal to me, not professional at all to do it like that and it makes its parent company AOL look awful, maybe they are just having serious server issues?

Ely said,
That's odd for them to disappear without a trace like that, doesn't look normal to me, not professional at all to do it like that and it makes its parent company AOL look awful, maybe they are just having serious server issues?

AOL no longer owns Bebo.

NBF, I found Bebo better. Less cluttered time lines and newsfeeds, more interaction and customization. Plus games that were actually interesting or fun, not ones that post every single thing you do to your newsfeed.

I believe the phrase "Bebo was once the love-child of social networking" is wrong. Usage of the wording "love-child" suggests two entities came together to form this new hybrid. A better phrase would have been "poster-boy" or "wunderkind"...

Haha... Yehaaa! Woooot!
Let's celebrate!!!

Seriously?
Are you that happy none of its users can at least download their info, their messages and stuff like that?
Gone into nirvana?
Is that "cool"?
I'll tell you one thing: IMHO, we need something like local open clients for social networks, that also store all content (well, if wanted, selectable... not every shared picture of some remote acquaintance, but you get the point).
A little bit like IMAP for social networks.

The cloud eats your data and spits at you.
When will people realize and embrace their data a little more?
Cause as long as the masses are silent about such a possibility, nothing will change.

I don't like my data "in the cloud only"...

No. 1 reason why I still prefer email, IM, etc over Facebook website based chats and stuff like that....

Facebook surely let's you download YOUR data, but not the data of your friends to carry with you, that you might have commented on.

Bebo just trolled all of their user base.
Bravo!

GS:mac

Thats a very interesting thought, and I must admit that I'd never thought of itt. In a world where people take for granted the ability to download their email locally to back it up, the same is not possible for social networks, which for many probably hold more data.

With MegaUpload uploads irretrievably gone, and now this, 2012 could prove to be an important lesson for people that trust "the cloud" too much.

Brill!! no one used it anyway....

Now just faceparty , Myspace and friendster togo... and in 10 years time... facebook ha you heard it here first!

iWilco said,
Brill!! no one used it anyway....

Now just faceparty , Myspace and friendster togo... and in 10 years time... facebook ha you heard it here first!


ah, forgot about Faceparty, I had one of those as well. Thanks for reminding me to close it

iWilco said,
Brill!! no one used it anyway....

Now just faceparty , Myspace and friendster togo... and in 10 years time... facebook ha you heard it here first!


ah, forgot about Faceparty, I had one of those as well. Thanks for reminding me to close it

Myspace Google+ Facebook twitter and all the others will join it some day and die like the fads they are. Before MySpace there was Friendster. Somewhere in-between came Friends Reunited. And at some point in the future Facebook will fade into obscurity like all the giants be for it.

Bebo died just as I'd hit the Close my account (or however they phrased it). When I went to Bebo for the first time in at least four years, I noticed I had only four friends left, and none of the have been active since 2009/2010.

It's dying a slow and painful death. Next social network account to be closed...MySpace

A Bebo spokesperson just emailed [TC] to say that the site was down due to “a technical clusterf***”

Wow, their spokesperson is using a swear word? lol

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