1996, the Beginning?

As of this entry, I now have a Pinterest account, but I won’t link it because I really don’t care for the site, and if I made an Instagram account instead everything would look crappy because I’d need a phone to properly use it.

You’re probably wondering why I’m starting with this. The first two boards on my Pinterest account connect to this. We all know that the internet didn’t become a thing until 1996 (at least in terms of public usage). Aside from glimpses into the web 1.0 era, we can’t go back much further than the very end of the 90s (at least not 100% in terms of fully rendered sites.), but miracles do happen. I found two sites on the Wayback Machine that go back to 1996, and they’re fully viewable.

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You could tell it’s the late-90s because of the dot.

This’ll primarily focus on video game companies. THQ should be no mystery to those who played licensed games back in the day. Here, we have something simple. A black screen, .HTML text, the logo and a list of games. Nothing crazy, but it’s complete. This still had elements of the Web 1.0 era, but looks simple enough to be something that’s still in use. Could anything top it?

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Neversoft. Yes that Neversoft that bought us Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero.

A little more sophisticated than the previous one, even if it’s just because of that weird line all the way to the left. More of the same as the previous one, but hey, maybe that was the standard for video game companies back in the day. Nothing fancy, just the logo and list of games, but they went all out and included additional links too. Talk about cutting edge.

We may never get as far as 1996, and even if that’s possible, who knows how incomplete the pages would be?

Social Media is Left-Leaning/We Need More Conservative Social Networks

Social media hasn’t been the same since the inauguration of President Donald Trump (which for the record is a massive bullet dodge). Facebook bas begun censoring conservative analysts (though not as much), Twitter is now home to celebrities crying about an issue that doesn’t effect them, which goes to show how far up their asses their heads are, MySpace hasn’t caught wind of this because nobody uses it anymore and YouTube has enough issues with censorship to go the same route.

I for one consider myself to be more aligned to the right, namely because I wasn’t born in the 2000s and because I have too many braincells to want to smash up my local Starbucks, so naturally, this makes me fear for my own online presence (yes, I have another online persona. I’d like to keep both separate thank you very much). If you’re a conservative or if you simply feel annoyed that censors are breathing down your neck, you’d share my sentiments.

Now onto the slashed portion. As of now, beyond Russian sites with American-friendly features, we have little to no sites that cater to conservatives, and given how over-glorified sites like Facebook and Twitter are, there will never be more. For now, I’m going to list three sites that are more conservative friendly, and in no particular order.

Codias: The Conservative Facebook

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Clean interface, with the ability to link your Facebook, Twitter and personal website. Also, powerword ho.

There isn’t much to this website. As the bolded portion implies, it’s a social network that caters to conservative individuals. You could rate other profiles, join other users (deemed allies), form coalitions and whatever else comes to mind. I never got to use it much because I had a hard time making a custom link for it, but if Facebook fucks up my account, you’d know where to find me. Just keep an eye out for the only user who doesn’t have an IRL human in terms of profile pictures.

Gab: Twitter but better

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Gab, like Twitter, only you could type more characters.

Gab is like Twitter and Reddit. Twitter as in you type short posts and Reddit because of the way you boost posts. All you really need to know about Gab is that you could post anything that isn’t about extreme racism, death threats or doxing, abide by that, and you have the perfect place to go once Twitter does to you what it did to Milo. Interestingly, you could share your Gab posts on Twitter (and only Twitter).

Minds

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Minds

I don’t have much to say on Minds. I’m not even sure if this could be considered a site that caters to conservatives, but I needed a third spot, and I doubt that I’ll ever get another opportunity to talk about this site. Essentially, Minds is (or was, given that it receives little promotion or use these days) a social generator, hold the censorship. You could post videos, blogs and status posts.

It works, though the only issue I have is that it’s glitchy in most areas. Banners keep fading in and out, and I couldn’t change my icon for some reason. Something tells me the founder stopped giving a shit and left the site in the hands of its user base. We may never know.

So that’s about it in terms of social networks that has conservatives in mind. Question is, will we ever get a video hosting site that caters to conservatives? Well Vid.me would’ve been it, but few of them have a death wish (because the site is now so boring that you’d want to slit your wrists just by thinking about it)

The best site is Codias, and I guess Minds is the worst.

Clearing my mind

If you were bugged by me not posting every Saturday, I apologize. The latest I could get them up by seems to be every Monday nowadays. On the downside, this defies the entire purpose of a weekly blog. But on the upside, it gives me an idea.

Starting now, I’ll be making blog-posts either on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. That way I could have more time to think of good posts and write them to my best ability. Trust me, whenever you have to juggle a blog and daily life you have to make sacrifices. I’m hoping this idea works out well.

Also, I haven’t had any good ideas for posts yet, so here’s hoping that I could think of something next time I decide to write a long post. Whether it be a social network that’s been dead for years or why a modern social network sucks ass, I’ll get back to you on that.

Top Reasons Why Pinterest sucks

Man, I’m totally off my game. Oh well, hope that this’ll make up for it.

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My Pinterest, or as I’d like to call it, dead weight.

I have profiles on a lot of social media sites, some of which are sites that aren’t even that known. But, there’re sites that I will never, ever use (or better yet, I’ll make an account and simply ignore it because I realized just how pointless it truly is. Pinterest is one of those sites.

For those of you who don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s a virtual bulletin board. That’s it. No point, little purpose, just a bulletin board. But there’s more to it than that. I’m going to list every reason (off the top of my head why Pinterest sucks)

1: Few people want to use it

I’m going to assume many of you follow popular content creators on sites like YouTube. Many YouTubers have links to various social networks on their about page. It’s rare to see a link to their Pinterest page. Wanna know why? Because even they know it’s worthless. You could hardly socialize on there or do anything that could be considered fun. The only group of people who could possibly have fun with Pinterest are grandmothers who post random images to pass the time.

2: Other sites have done it better

Pinterest isn’t the only website where you could share images. You could do it with image-hosting sites like Photobucket and Flickr. Or better yet, why don’t you cut out the middleman and just post images on social media sites that people actually give two shits about.

People have also considered it to be a social generator, where you post links to images and videos on there and get people to check out whatever. I have two words for you. Reddit, and Stumbleupon.

3: It looks empty, no matter how you use it

The only thing that keeps your Pinterest page full is your pins and folders. Without those you’re essentially stuck with your name, icon, website and short description against a blank background. Nothing makes for a good browsing experience like feeling as though you’re going blind.

Moral of this entry, for social networking, stick with Facebook and Twitter. For social generator, stick with Reddit (or Stumbleupon if people still use that site). For a more rewarding profile setup… eh, you might as well try to make MySpace relevant again.

I now leave you with a pixilated motivational poster.

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The Novelty is off. Go somewhere else

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The front page, again.

A few posts back, I mentioned a site that would’ve been the viable YouTube killer. However, as time went on, my stance has changed and I don’t even go on the site anymore. At this point, Vid.me is now a failure, and might as well go the way of MySpace (or at the very least seclude itself into a lifestyle akin to Dailymotion as an over-glorified backup site)

So today, I’m going to go over three reasons why Vid.me is failing.

#1: It lost its only niche

The site has actually been up for quite a while, but even then people couldn’t give less of a shit about it. How did this change? You know about YouTube’s ongoing fuck-ups that they refer to as “policies”? Well Vid.me claimed that they were the direct opposite to YouTube in that regard and hence, it got a lot of people on board. Fast forward to 2017 and what happened? The novelty wore off, and we’re essentially left with a site that could only be used to its fullest potential if your account is verified.

#2: Very little action

Unless you’re big on YouTube, you’ll essentially get a whopping 2-3 comments on your videos, which doesn’t make for a rewarding experience. All that work and absolutely nothing to show for it. Where’s the fun in that? Not to mention, there’s no dislike feature, so there’s absolutely no tension nor reason for concern when it comes to your content. As a result, you’d be wasting your time on an otherwise boring website.

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Dailymotion, the original Vid.me in terms of decline.

As a result of all this, it’s safe to say that Vid.me is becoming the next Dailymotion, and why is that? Little traffic, little usage for professional means and a lot of work with nothing to show for it. Question is, what will be next?

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Hope?

Whatever happened to Custom Backgrounds?

I’m going to keep this brief, or as brief as three short paragraphs will allow me. Now I’m going to assume you’ve been on the internet long enough to know what I’m talking about. If you’re a web-junkie equivalent of a millennial, take a seat. From the late 2000s to the early 2010s, there was one feature you may not have known about. The ability to post your very own background on your social network.

This nifty feature enables you to incite a further sense of identity on your page. It could be something you made yourself or a random image you stole from Google because content ID has no bounds on you apparently. Why am I bringing this up? Because there’re little to no social networks that allow custom backgrounds anymore.

Now I ask, why? How could something as simple as a custom background be so obsolete, so damaging to a site for some reason that everyone collectively said “Screw it, let’s force people to bust their asses trying to make banners that correspond with our ludicrous standards.” The only websites that still allow you to make custom backgrounds are blogging sites and Tumblr (which is also a blogging site, but all you do there is share blogs and put up with deranged feminists who’d slaughter you for drawing something in a unique way.

Before I end this brief entry, I’d just like to point out that Tumblr is the last website that has old-school social network features, but goddamn, you’d have to be a blogging aficionado to get it to work.

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Got a few hours?

The First Social Network (in the traditional sense)

Before Facebook (even well before [TheFacebook], the select campus exclusive iteration of that site), before MySpace, before places like Friendster, LinkedIn, before the rise of the online-dating phenomena (ala the eCRUSH network of sites), before LiveJournal, which served as the first mainstream window to social interaction, and a little over two years after Classmates.com put its foot in the door, I present to you.

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SixDegrees.com (circa 2000) at its most stable on the InternetArchive.

The site was released in 1997, making it the first traditional social network (at least in terms of social networks with omnivorous uses). The only site that predates this is Classmates.com, and that site is more catered toward educational spiel. I re-iterate, when it came to traditional social networks, SixDegrees blew the first punch.

Just by looking at the front page you could see the age of the site, off-colorscheme, a CD promoting bands like Smashmouth and Tonic, and this site called Amazon? Dafuk is an Amazon? Sounds like one of those malware infested doohickies. (am I fired?)

The profile-game, is non-existent. No profiles are right on the front page, and finding a cached profile is always a gamble. Not even Google Images has it (kids, don’t rip images from Google, they’ll hound you and leave you out of your algorithm. Take it from someone who was told not to do it in a class oriented around blogging).

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SixDegrees homepage in 1998. Potentially the originator of “Replacement Characters”?

I’m going to go out and say it. As much as I know about social networks, the kinds that exist and what they were like, I never knew about SixDegrees. I always thought the closest thing to an early social network was the eCRUSH network and LiveJournal. Wanna know how I found out about SixDegrees? From a random YouTube video where a question on what the first social network was was brought up.

So what happened?

Did SixDegrees plummet into a ghost town like MySpace? Did the former happen yet the site actually lasted until around 2015 ala Friendster? Did people never give a shit about the site and it was hardly used even in its peaking years?

At first I thought it was closed, having been so since 2001, but it turns out the site still exists, albeit as an invite-based website. It’s either a recent development or it could’ve just been a big lie. Whatever the case, nobody talks about it anymore, it doesn’t make for good joke material (at least not as much as MySpace). As I said, it’s now invite only (according to the screen-grab below) and I don’t know if they’re still actively approving join requests.

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Remember, this isn’t from an Internet Archive grab, this is straight from the domain.

I’d like to conclude this entry with a single point. The internet must’ve been a boring place before social media came along (referring to youths who had nothing better to do than ring up their parents’ phone bill using Dial-Up to either talk to their classmates on Classmates.com (1995), write personal anecdotes or Harry Potter fanfics (LiveJournal and FanFiction.net, 1999 and 1998 respectively) or just bum around on Wikipedia for a while.

Beyond joining groups, making profiles and adding people, what made SixDegrees so special beyond popularizing the standard format? I dunno, maybe it made surfing the internet a little less boring?

And now for an interesting tidbit, the name SixDegrees is also used for a celebrity news website (SixDegrees.org).