Bebo was founded by husband-and-wife team Michael and Xochi Birch in January 2005 at their home in San Francisco. The website name was bought by the founders, and the backronym “Blog Early, Blog Often” was invented to answer the question of what the name meant. The site was purchased by AOL on March 13, 2008 for $850 million, with the Birches’ combined 70% stake yielding a profit of $595 million from the deal. The website, at the height of its popularity, overtook Myspace to become the most widely used social networking website in the United Kingdom, eventually registering at least 10.7 million unique users. The site was also extremely popular in Ireland – at one point it claimed to have over a million Irish users, and data from Alexa ranked it as Ireland’s most-visited site. Its popularity saw it sold to AOL for $850 million in 2008.
The National Space Agency of Ukraine’s RT-70 radio telescope sent 501 messages chosen by Bebo users, called A Message From Earth, toward planet Gliese 581c. Sent on 9 October 2008, it will arrive in the spring of 2028.
A collection of the most representative bebo.com homepage takeover.
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