The Zombie Network
by Perry Michael Simon on April 27, 2011
By now, you know that Friendster is erasing pretty much everything anyone’s posted there, clearing the decks on May 31st and converting to some sort of “social gaming destination”; accounts will be kept alive, but everything else, like blog posts and photos and stuff, will be wiped away. And, yes, the consensus reaction has been “wait, Friendster still exists?” Indeed, but nobody went there anymore, or would admit to it.
I never did sign up for Friendster. I don’t remember why; I was aware of it, but I guess I didn’t see the point at the time. Same for Bebo and Orkutt. I had a MySpace page for about a month and deleted it because I got a headache just looking at it. But I’ve signed up for other flashes in the pan, and the Friendster news got me thinking about the many social networking accounts I have that are just sitting there someplace lonely and filled with shadows and echoes. I signed up for Plurk, which was sort of a Twitter that… well, I’m not sure, other than that someone I know touted it as better than Twitter. I think I checked it twice. Out of curiosity, I just logged in to see what was happening and found that a) I hadn’t logged in since September 2008, b) I’d “plurked” once, and c) My “Karma,” whatever that is, is 0.00. I assume that’s bad. Also, Plurk thinks I’m in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’m not.
FriendFeed was another one, and that was recommended as taking Twitter and adding the ability to have conversations threaded from tweets and blog posts. That sounded appealing, but in practice, it was just another thing requiring logging in and paying attention and, well, I just don’t have the time. So my FriendFeed’s plugging along without me. If anyone’s commenting on anything I write, I’m not seeing it. No time.
Google Buzz? Tried it. Didn’t see the need. Stopped paying attention. I don’t remember.
You get the idea. I signed up for practically everything, so many that I don’t even remember. So did you. And there are still people using Jaiku and there must be some people still using Friendster and Plurk and every other site that might be lumbering along like the Living Dead. Somewhere on the Internet, it’s still 2003.
What about you? Do you still have accounts you haven’t looked at in years? Talk about your zombie accounts in the comments.