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, Eons.com.
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, Myrl.com, 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: Yub.com 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.
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.