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This history provides brief one-line descriptions of contextually historic website events of and around the indieweb, including blogging precursors, and the rise & fall of notable social network silos.

When writing history, please mention people involved, dates, and sources for each.

See Also:

  • timeline for a brief history of key indieweb ideas, standards, achievements, implementations, and in-person events.
  • founders for a brief history of IndieWebCamp itself.

Key

  • (L) - Launched. Site, service, or group launched.
  • (A) - Acquired. Site or service acquired.
  • (F) - Finality known. Site shutdown announced.
  • (R) - Read-only. Site placed into read-only mode.
  • (D) - Died. Site shutdown, crashed and didn't recover, or otherwise came to an untimely demise.
  • (Z) - Zombified. Site/domain still up but permalinks/posts/content gone or heavily removed/damaged. Functionality drastically reduced or changed. Possibly resurrected by unaffiliated party and used for link spam.

In chronological order, grouped by year:

When adding from site-deaths, please shorten description of event to a minimal one-liner, keep citations in bracket [] form, and only include events about notable social network silos.

1994

...

1997

1997-2002

  • Your personal domain/blog was a way to host identity and data
  • People learned how to program and to do web development through their blogs
  • RSS emerged, diverged

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

  • 2008 (L): Posterous launched
  • 2008-02-03 (I): XMPP PubSub Federation implemented between Twitter and Jaiku silos by Blaine Cook and Ralph Meijer respectively, at Social Graph FooCamp.[5][6]
  • 2008-11 (D): AOL Hometown shutdown (with only 2 weeks notice)

2009

2010

  • ...

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

  • 2016-09-30 (D): Orkut shutdown
  • 2016-11-30 (D): Persona shutdown

2017

  • 2017-03-14 (D): App.net shutdown
  • 2017-05-08 (D): FFFFound shutdown
  • 2017-12-15 (D): AIM shutdown

2018

2019

  • ...

Add More

  • Add one line summaries for each social media and/or open/federated/distributed/decentralized web service site-death (D) and preferably also (L)aunch date as well.
    • 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
    • 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
    • 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
    • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, ...

Unknown dates

If you know specific dates for the launch, acquisition, death, or zombification of these sites (or any of the above year-only or year-month-only dates), please edit and move to the appropriate year, preferably with online citation.

2002-2006: Rise of Social Networks Silos

  • Friendster (2002) (what was significant about Friendster in 2002?)
  • Facebook (2005) (what was significant about Facebook in 2005?)
  • Myspace (2004) (what was significant about Myspace in 2004?)

Trends:

  • Integrated UI and subscription model
  • One click signup

See Also