Think back to simpler times: it’s 2006, you’ve just got home from school. Sandi Thom’s “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker” is playing in the background; you sit down at the family computer and open Bebo. Life is good. Now, get ready to relive this scene (plus global pandemic, obvs) – Bebo is back!
The 00s social media site is making a comeback, returning this month as a “brand new social network”. According to the revived bebo.com, it will be “a totally new site developed by the original founders”.
Those looking to get nostalgic will be disappointed to hear that “all the old accounts are long gone”, though Bebo says this is “probably for the better”. The site adds that Donald Trump is “banned from Bebo before we’ve even launched”, following in the footsteps of a number of other social networks.
At the time of writing, there’s no more information about Bebo’s return. The site is currently in “private beta”, meaning everything except the welcome message is only accessible with a password.
Bebo was founded in 2005, and quickly became one of the world’s most used social media sites, even eclipsing MySpace’s popularity in the UK. In 2010, Bebo users began moving to Facebook, and the company eventually went bankrupt in 2013.
Although it’s still TBC what the new site will look like, it’s probably time to start picking your other half.