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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

  1. Tom W
    October 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I find this revelation about as interesting as the announcement that Myspace was coming back. I haven't heard anything more about Myspace, so I'm assuming it is still a niche site that many people don't care about, and I'm sure that the same will be said about Bebo when it re-launches. As I remember, the original incarnation was only popular amongst teenagers, so I'm not sure how many of it's old users are even interested any more.

  2. Butterfly1
    October 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    As Facebook is getting worse by the minute I can't wait for another and better social network site to start. Of course I can't be sure Bebo will be better than Facebook, but I'm kinda hoping their privacy features will be better. Come on Bebo...we're waiting.....

  3. Ziggy
    October 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Looks lame to me

  4. dragonmouth
    October 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Oh WOW! How edgy! NOT!!!

    If that is a sample of what Bebo brings to the table, it should have gone down the toilet with Criterion Capital Partners.

  5. Maryon Jeane
    October 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    This is porn?!?

  6. Rob L.
    October 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    What is/was Bebo? Aside from the twig & berries whiteboard, I mean. Was it just another Myspace/Facebook type thing, or was there more to it? (Also, 850 million!?)

  7. anonymous
    October 19, 2013 at 2:51 am

    I'm sure promoting in this way will not work. At least I hate this.

    • Mark O
      October 19, 2013 at 10:48 am

      You didn't find it funny?

    • anonymous
      October 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Porn is not funny.

    • Sci
      October 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      You're watching the wrong porn then, mate.

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