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Classic social networking in 2022: SpaceHey

9 comments

  1. [5]
    xstresedg
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    A young developer named An has brought MySpace back into the world wide web with an iteration of its original design he's called SpaceHey. It's definitely nice getting the retro, pre-Facebook...

    A young developer named An has brought MySpace back into the world wide web with an iteration of its original design he's called SpaceHey.

    It's definitely nice getting the retro, pre-Facebook experience again. Though it definitely has its fair share of issues: limited moderation (so far), lack of photo gallery and music aspects. However, for the latter issues, he's hoping to get music up and going eventually, and if it can be done within his costs, he may look into having photo galleries down the road.

    Customizable CSS profiles are a go, though, so feel free to get your animated buttons and glitterGIFs ready.

    Now that the pointless shilling is out of the way (I really have enjoyed it so far so I hope you suffered through it lol), what are your thoughts on classic social media, sites, and services being brought back in some capacity (e.g. MSN via Escargot, AIM via Pheonix, Neocities, etc.)?

    I'm so far really enjoying it. I rediscovered my enjoyment of making little websites again, and it's definitely helped me a bit with my personal stress. It's definitely a nostalgia hit, but anything to reduce my anxiety, I'll take it.

    EDIT: Feel free to add me if you like, https://spacehey.com/techramancer

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      NaraVara
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      You know, I just had a kid and I resent the fact that family is all but insisting I put pictures and announcements on Facebook to have it be “real.” I might just create a family page on here to...

      You know, I just had a kid and I resent the fact that family is all but insisting I put pictures and announcements on Facebook to have it be “real.” I might just create a family page on here to dump life updates and vacation/baby photos if he ever gets the photo hosting up. I’d probably even pay for the privilege.

      5 votes
      1. xstresedg
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        That's fair. Yeah, I'm continually being driven away from using Facebook more and more. The only reason I have left to use it is friends. I don't really have much family on Facebook (they don't...

        That's fair. Yeah, I'm continually being driven away from using Facebook more and more. The only reason I have left to use it is friends. I don't really have much family on Facebook (they don't need to see how broken I am with all the memes I post lol) anymore.

        The other thing I really like with SpaceHey is that it's not a requirement to be you by your real life name. It allows for some (psuedo-)anonymity.

        3 votes
    2. [2]
      diatrix
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      Ha, this is so cool! I definitely have been missing the old days of social media sites that allowed the use of custom CSS. I learned a lot of HTML/CSS by styling my MOCPages posts before that site...

      Ha, this is so cool!

      I definitely have been missing the old days of social media sites that allowed the use of custom CSS. I learned a lot of HTML/CSS by styling my MOCPages posts before that site fell into oblivion.

      Do we know what An's plan is for funding/monetizing the site? He talks about not having personalized ads in the About page but I don't see any ads at all on this site actually. And the shop is only offering stickers that you get to set your price for, so I'd guess that's not making any real amount of money right now.

      4 votes
      1. xstresedg
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        As far as I know, that's the current plan. He's at (allegedly) over 400k users, though there are quite a few bots. Some bots are allowed because they're used as tools for study or art, but there...

        As far as I know, that's the current plan. He's at (allegedly) over 400k users, though there are quite a few bots. Some bots are allowed because they're used as tools for study or art, but there are also a few shitty bots, too. But yeah I imagine that he probably makes no money from this at all, and is likely losing money on it.

        We'll see what 2022 brings and maybe he'll have some ingenious idea for monetization. And as long as he doesn't turn out to be an InfoWars obsessed hard righter, he could very well be successful lol

        2 votes
  2. bilbodwyer
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    Well this is delightful, I am so here for it :D

    Well this is delightful, I am so here for it :D

    3 votes
  3. [2]
    Bullmaestro
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    I wish someone would recreate OG Bebo (before the Facebook app nonsense ruined it.) Never really had much nostalgia for MySpace because it's always looked more barebones than a circa 90's...

    I wish someone would recreate OG Bebo (before the Facebook app nonsense ruined it.)

    Never really had much nostalgia for MySpace because it's always looked more barebones than a circa 90's Geocities page. I think had Rupert Murdoch actually invested in the site it would've stood the test of time.

    2 votes
    1. xstresedg
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      I remember Bebo. I used it at the same time as I used EnterNexus/Nexopia and MySpace haha. I didn't really use it extensively though as I did MySpace and EN/Nexopia.

      I remember Bebo. I used it at the same time as I used EnterNexus/Nexopia and MySpace haha.

      I didn't really use it extensively though as I did MySpace and EN/Nexopia.

      1 vote
  4. jokeyrhyme
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    Seems like there’s nothing here to stop it from eventually becoming just as problematic as Twitter or Facebook Doesn’t seem to have federation/decentralisation, and doesn’t seem to be open-source...

    Seems like there’s nothing here to stop it from eventually becoming just as problematic as Twitter or Facebook

    Doesn’t seem to have federation/decentralisation, and doesn’t seem to be open-source

    Neat, but not for me (yet)