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Bebo offline, but owners blame technical problems

By | Published on Tuesday 31 January 2012

Bebo

So, before we start this story here’s an important bit of background information you’ll require in order to understand what follows: Bebo was, until yesterday, still a live social network. Who knew? But is it still a going concern this morning? Well, that’s been very much of debate.

The one time MySpace and Facebook competitor, often dubbed as the kid’s social network in the UK, but once particularly big news in Ireland, went offline last night, leading to speculation that the site, offloaded by former owner AOL in 2010, had finally bitten the dust.

We still can’t connect to the site this morning, but apparently a spokesperson for Bebo has told Techcrunch that it is simply experiencing technical problems (well, according to Techcrunch the spokesperson said the site was down due to a “technical clusterfuck”), and that normal service will be resumed shortly. Which I’m sure will reassure the service’s nine remaining users.

Even Bebo’s original founder Michael Birch seemed to think the site had finally died, tweeting as much last night, though he too later announced technical problems were to blame for Bebo.com being offline, saying via Twitter “Hold the press (too late for that), Bebo should be coming back in a matter of hours”.



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