Social media network Bebo has announced it is returning next month and people are excited already.
A surprise message was posted on the company's official website that reads: "Bebo is coming back in February 2021 as a brand new social network. We are currently in private beta."
If you're expecting to log back into your account and see all your old snaps you may be disappointed because the notice on the website says all old data and photos were "lost many years ago and are not recoverable. Sorry."
There is little information on what the new version of Bebo will entail. At the moment, the site can only be accessed with a password, which the company says has been handed out to people who have been invited.
Founded in 2005, Bebo quickly went on to become one of the world's most popular social media sites alongside MySpace. It became the UK and Ireland's biggest social network in the late 2000s.
At the height of its popularity, Bebo had more than 10.7 million unique users in the UK alone.
The company went bankrupt in 2013. The website relaunched several times after that, with a number of short-lived offerings such as instant messaging and video streaming. It was acquired by Amazon through the gaming network Twitch, in July 2019 when it was finally shut down. It was bought for $25 million (£18million), following a bidding war with Discord.
When Bebo is officially relaunched next month, it will have to compete with a whole host of new social media networks including TikTok and Snapchat.
One Twitter user said: "Y'all bebo coming back in february, ready to put my music on my page like old times"
Another excited person tweeted: "Bebo is coming back and they better have customisable skins again".
While a third wrote: "BEBO coming back feb 2021 gotta know I'm going back already know my skin & song ima have on my page."
y'all bebo coming back in february, ready to put my music on my page like old times :sob:
- jaden (@beyond_kutee) January 29, 2021
bebo is coming back and they better have customisable skins again
- ☼ (@rxxdmymxnd) January 29, 2021
BEBO coming back feb 2021 :smirk: gotta know I'm going back already know my skin & song ima have on my page :joy::joy:
- ... kDuneak1:kiss: (@1ArKelEllis) January 29, 2021
Bebo have not yet announced a specific date for their return but check back soon to find out!
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