We all live in a age where web technology is plummeting forward at a pace beyond humaan grasp and imagination. A new innovation arrives to the fore every second, and the world gets revolutionized one software at a time. At this frantic speed of change we have seen facebook change its hues, Google become today’s Skynet, and iOS infuse aesthetics into our lives. This article however is of all that we left behind. About all the applications, and web services which meant so much in our lives and yet today have no relevance or importance. Let’s have look then, shall we…
Yahoo! Messenger (or sometimes called just Yahoo Chat.!) was an advertisement-supported instant messaging client and associated protocol provided by Yahoo. Yahoo Messenger was provided free of charge and could be downloaded and used with a generic “Yahoo ID”. The first usage of emoticons were in this client, and who can ever forget the “Buzz” which practically wake up the recipient.
Orkut was a social networking website owned and operated by Google. The service was designed to help users meet new and old friends and maintain existing relationships. The website was named after its creator, Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten. In 2008 Google announced that Orkut would be fully managed and operated in Brazil, by Google Brazil, in the city of Belo Horizonte. This was decided due to the large Brazilian user base and growth of legal issues. Interesting Fact : India was the second biggest userbase for Orkut. Brazil being the first.
AOL originally provided dial-up service to millions of Americans. At the height of its success, it purchased the media conglomerate Time Warner. However, as dial-up rapidly lost ground to broadband in the mid-2000s, AOL’s fortunes significantly retracted and it lost the vast majority of its value, laying off thousands of employees. AOL was eventually spun off, and Time Warner is worth fourteen times the value of AOL, as of late 2015.
Myspace was acquired by News Corporation in July 2005 for $580 million. From 2005 to 2008, Myspace was the largest social networking site in the world, and in June 2006 surpassed Google as the most visited website in the United States. In April 2008, Myspace was overtaken by Facebook in the number of unique worldwide visitors, and was surpassed in the number of unique U.S. visitors in May 2009, though Myspace generated $800 million in revenue during the 2008 fiscal year. Since then, the number of Myspace users has declined steadily in spite of several redesigns.
Rediffmail was a web based e-mail service provided by Rediff.com. The service was around 95 million registered usernames. It was one of the first web-clients to provide unlimited free storage space. In 2006, Rediff launched an AJAX-based mail interface. Rediffmail also allowed users to send and receive mails in many Indian languages on Microsoft Windows, that being again an innovation. I remember having a rediff mail, but then again never used it sadly.
Hi5 is a social networking site based in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2003, it was reported to be the 2nd largest social network after Myspace by 2007. In 2008, comScore reported that hi5 was the third most popular social networking site in monthly unique visitors behind Facebook and MySpace. The social networking site, if(we), formerly known as Tagged, purchased hi5 in December 2011, for an undisclosed sum and operates it today.
Picnik was an online photo editing service which was acquired by Google in 2010. The site allowed users to edit images, add styles to imported images and use basic editing tools such as cropping and resizing an image. Users could import photos natively from Facebook, Myspace, Picasa Web Albums, Flickr, Yahoo Image search, Google+ and also offered options to upload from a computer or to upload from a website. Many of Picnik’s basic photo editing tools were free to use. Picnik Premium included additional photo editing features and was offered for a monthly, 6-month, or annual subscription cost.
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