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Bebo’s original founder, Michael Birch, is about to relaunch the site after buying it back from the company who bought it from AOL in 2010. He has chosen to relaunch by making a brutally honest and rather risqué video. If his intention was to shock, he certainly succeeded.

Do you remember when Bebo was around? Well, if you live in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand, you will probably remember it as those seem to be the countries where it was most popular.

The original Bebo was launched in 2005, sold to AOL in 2008 for $850 million (described by the BBC as “one of the worst deals ever made in the dotcom era“), and then sold to another company in 2010 called Criterion Capital Partners (CCP). Now CCP has gone bankrupt and this means that Bebo is finally coming home to its original founders. Birch has promised on the site that “Bebo is growing up”. Whatever that means.

Bebo is not accessible at the moment, and there’s no indication of when the new site will be ready to go. You have to enter your email address to get on the waiting list for an invitation. If you were one of the original Bebo account holders and are wondering if your account still exists, Birch assures us on the FAQ page that all of your photos and blog posts are perfectly safe, and that if you leave an “email address you actually check”, you can be notified the moment you can download everything.

But the number one question immediately pops up – in the age of Facebook and Twitter, what chance does another social network have of succeeding? Has Bebo’s time passed?

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Source: Bebo FAQ

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