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11 Dead Social Networks

Remember when there was a social network in every niche and cranny? Even for fake boobs? A walk through some of the wilder ghost towns left on the web.

Posted on June 28, 2012, at 6:10 p.m. ET


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Then: Let's Talk About Pep, for fans of hip hop icon/VHI reality star Pep (of Salt'n'Pepa) launched in 2008.

Now: Last post was in Nov. 2011.


Then: A social site for baby-boomers and other olds that was founded in 2005; hence,

Now: "Not currently available."


Then: Ziitrend, a network for future predictions launched in 2007.

Now: Kicked off the internet completely.


Then: MyFreeImplants, a site devoted to helping women raise money for breast augmentation. Founded in 2005.

Now: While it's a little hard to tell when the last campaign for breast implant money was launched, the well seems to go dry around 2010.


Then: An avatar social network,, was a place where different creatures from different platforms (Second Life, etc.) could meet and mingle. Name stands for "My Real Life/My Role Life" and launched around 2008.

Now: Image speaks for itself.


Then: was a hub for social shopping—finding others who want to shop together, alone, online. Started circa 2005.

Now: While the site was still functional, numerous attempts to find humans yielded no results. Seems that people don't want to shop socially, just drunk.


Then: SpotAPotty, a site for people who want to take pictures and share facts about bathrooms.

Now: An empty Ning shell.


Then: Like a virtual AA, SoberCircle was launched in 2008 to help recovering addicts meet.

Now: In a fairly common fate for many niche networks, SoberCircle was overtaken by a similar site, OneRecovery —although a visit to OneRecovery showed that it was becoming a more general OneHealth.


Then: MyCatSpace, a pet-themed knockoff.

Now: Like MySpace itself, this derivative site is no longer populated., on the other hand, directs to an active network called


Then: StarPonyz, a (teen?) social network for ponies and the people who ride them that began in 2006.

Now: This pony is on life-support: the bulk of the "new members" are spam and people only post to the bulletin board every few months.


Then: Like salsa dancing in Brighton, England? existed for you. Possibly most niche social network ever.

Now: Sadly, the site for people who love salsa dancing in Brighton, England is no more.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.