13 Great Internet Startups That Disappointed Us All


There are many internet entrepreneurships that had become a part of our lives for only a short amount of time but disappeared because they couldn’t survive long, such as Vine. Some of them have completely shut down, some are far away from their previous popularity.

1. Myspace

Myspace, in fact, can be interpreted as the father of the social media networks. Myspace provided a personal profile page to its users and helped the world to discover many new artists by doing huge amounts of investments to music industry during its most popular times. The best part of Myspace was that while we were able to share our social status through our profiles, we could also connect with your old friends and find new ones.

2. Vine

Vine entered our lives as a platform that enabled us to share mini videos.It climbed up on the success graph as fast as it fell down on the same graph because it couldn’t update itself as quick as their competitors did. So much that it was named as a 'failure' and now it’s shutting down.

3. Google+

No matter how much Google dominates the internet, they just can not succeed in certain areas. Even though they added many features to Google+ to attract people’s attention, the application couldn’t succeed.

4. Ping

Apple’s music-oriented social network platform Ping failed to gain the user’s attention for long. The platform was announced in 2010 and had to shut down in 2012. Apple now is now giving the music industry a second shot with its new platform called Apple Music.

5. Yahoo Buzz

Yahoo’s social networking platform Yahoo Buzz aimed to increase user interaction with its interactive structure. Unfortunately, Yahoo Buzz is called a failure by the Internet users.

6. Friendfeed

The recession period had begun for Friendfeed after Facebook acquired them for $50 million and the startup ended up with a complete shut down in 2009 after the closings of its remained servers. A popular platform Friendfeed closing down so fast proves how fast the user preferences change.

7. Icq

The legendary instant messaging platform ICQ attracted the users with its search engine when the Internet started spreading. Unfortunately, other strong messaging platforms took over ICQ pretty soon.

8. MSN Messenger

Taking over ICQ, MSN became the temple of messaging. MSN, as a Microsoft subsidiary, started to benefit Microsoft’s other services as well. Microsoft acquired Skype and merged the two applications before MSN was gone forever.

9. Digg

As a news and media platform, Digg was seen as an internet network where the users usually read about political and scientific daily news. However, the entertaining world of the social media has shaded this platform and led Digg to lose its enthusiasm and market value.

10. Napster

Napster quickly became a legendary music sharing and downloading platform when it was launched in 1999. Unexpectedly, it got copyright holders’ reaction and had to go through judicial processes. Napster lost a lot of its reliability and finally merged with a music purchasing platform named Rhapsody.

11. Xing

Even though Xing is popular in its hometown Germany, it lost its global reputation after LinkedIn’s introduction. In terms of the number of users,the platform is losing a lot of  blood as it can’t even get close to its competitor LinkedIn.

12. Bing

The result of competing with Google was frustrating for Microsoft’s search engine service called Bing.

13. Pinterest

Pinterest appeared as a platform to share people’s common interests by using visuals. It can be seen as successful from where it is now, but taking into account Instagram’s domination in this field, it’s not very accurate to actually call Pinterest successful.

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