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Bebo

Bebo

A social networking site founded in 2005 by Michael Birch and his wife Xochi Birch in San Francisco. It was bought by AOL in March 2008 for $850 million, AOL sold the site in June 2010 for a reported sum of under $10 million.

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# bebo - Friday 4 April, 2014

From The Daily Edge 11 ways you mortified yourself on Bebo Bebo Stunnah

# bebo - Monday 10 February, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: Online mobs, crazes and trolls… welcome to the online disinhibition effect Virtual Reality

Column: Online mobs, crazes and trolls… welcome to the online disinhibition effect

Many people are ill-equipped to deal with what accompanies an online presence – like anonymity or the effect of the online mob. So blaming social media for crazes detracts from the root cause of the issue, writes Darragh Coakely.

# bebo - Sunday 12 January, 2014

From The Daily Edge 14 reasons the early 2000s were the golden age of social networking Top 16 Friends

14 reasons the early 2000s were the golden age of social networking

Add you on MSN! What’s your Bebo username?

# bebo - Friday 29 November, 2013

From Business ETC Almost half of Twitter users in Ireland tweet once a fortnight Social Media

Almost half of Twitter users in Ireland tweet once a fortnight

Facebook is the most popular social media site but Twitter and LinkedIn are slowly catching up.

# bebo - Thursday 29 August, 2013

From TheJournal.ie 11 per cent of people in Ireland now have Snapchat (but just 3% have Vine) Social Networking

11 per cent of people in Ireland now have Snapchat (but just 3% have Vine)

The latest snapshot of social media habits in Ireland has thrown up some interesting figures.

# bebo - Thursday 8 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge VIDEO: Bebo is properly back and it has a sense of humour It's Actually Back This post contains videos

VIDEO: Bebo is properly back and it has a sense of humour

It’s new (old) owner is speaking to you through a new video.

# bebo - Thursday 18 July, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Misuse of social media needs to be more carefully monitored, says Oireachtas committee Cyberbullying

Misuse of social media needs to be more carefully monitored, says Oireachtas committee

An Oireachtas report says that bullying on social media platforms is affecting self-esteem in Irish teens.

# bebo - Thursday 4 July, 2013

From Business ETC These graphs show you what social media sites Irish people are using Social Networking

These graphs show you what social media sites Irish people are using

Over a third of the country don’t use social networking websites but the number of Facebook and Twitter users is on the rise.

# bebo - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

From The Daily Edge 12 unique features which made Bebo a special place Share The Luv

12 unique features which made Bebo a special place

It’s trying to make a comeback, but will these things play a role?

# bebo - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Lions fullback Stuart Hogg is still rocking it on Bebo

That reminds us, ‘Must delete Bebo account’.

# bebo - Sunday 16 June, 2013

From The Daily Edge 9 things you never knew before social media Knowledge Is Power

9 things you never knew before social media

Honestly, we never would have known these things otherwise.

# bebo - Friday 12 April, 2013

From The Daily Edge 12 social media mishaps we want to bury forever Delete Delete Delete This post contains videos

12 social media mishaps we want to bury forever

We just want to forget these things. Honestly.

# bebo - Tuesday 25 September, 2012

From TheJournal.ie 1 in 5 people now has a Twitter account (and 10 per cent still have a Bebo page) Social Networks

1 in 5 people now has a Twitter account (and 10 per cent still have a Bebo page)

An Ipsos MRBI poll has found that more than half of the population has a Facebook page – and one third use no social networking sites at all.

# bebo - Sunday 23 September, 2012

From Business ETC Time Machine: Here’s how 26 popular websites used to look Flux Capacitor This post contains images

Time Machine: Here’s how 26 popular websites used to look

Have you ever seen the very first version of RTE.ie? Or wondered what the name ‘Daft’ came from?

# bebo - Tuesday 5 June, 2012

From Business ETC More people in Ireland now have Facebook, Twitter Social Networking

More people in Ireland now have Facebook, Twitter

Almost 20 per cent of pensioners now have a Facebook account.

# bebo - Tuesday 31 January, 2012

From Business ETC False alarm: Bebo isn’t actually dead just yet Bebo This post contains images

False alarm: Bebo isn’t actually dead just yet

2005’s most popular social network appeared to go offline last night, but the site says its downtime is not permanent.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Tuesday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

The 9 stories you need to know this morning.

# bebo - Friday 7 October, 2011

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Do you care if an employer sees your social media pages? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you care if an employer sees your social media pages?

A survey by a leading recruitment firm has found that a quarter of companies check potential employees’ social media presence – would you worry about what they might see on your social media profiles?

# bebo - Wednesday 21 September, 2011

From Business ETC Angry Birds CEO coming to Dublin for web summit Social

Angry Birds CEO coming to Dublin for web summit

Mikael Hed will join senior execs from LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube at the second annual Dublin Web Summit.

# bebo - Monday 15 August, 2011

From Business ETC Students ’12 times more likely’ to communicate through Facebook than email Networkers

Students ’12 times more likely’ to communicate through Facebook than email

A survey commissioned by Blue Coat Systems says only 6 per cent of students would choose email as their first method of contact.

# bebo - Wednesday 18 August, 2010

FAMILY FRIENDS OF Irish schoolgirl Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide in January, have reacted angrily to a piece posted online yesterday by Slate magazine.

The piece, entitled “Was Phoebe Prince Once a Bully?”, suggested that Price had bullied girls in the school she attended in Ireland before moving to the US with her family.

The article says:

In seventh grade in Ireland, she acted like a bully, not a victim. This doesn’t change the fact that Phoebe was later bullied herself, or that this bullying was wrong. But it does add yet another layer of complexity to her story, one that speaks to the universality and fluidity of kids’ bad behaviour.

Six high school students from the Massachusetts school Prince, 15, was attending have been arrested in connection with her death.

Family friend Darby O’Brien said he doesn’t see what Ireland has to do with the situation in South Hadley.

He suggested that the article is part of a ploy to poison potential jurors against the prosecution in the case against the students charged in the US.

A second friend told the Boston Herald that the Slate article’s author had crossed a line in her portrayal of the troubled teen:

This is just tabloid blogging. She’s doing it for her own fame and glory.

A pre-trial hearing for three of the teens charged in connection with Prince’s death is scheduled for 15 September.

THE IRISH GIRL WHO took her own life in January as a result of the bullying she was subjected to in Massachusetts was herself a perpetrator of significant online bullying while in school in Ireland, an article published in a US-based online magazine claims.

Six students of South Hadley High School have been arrested in connection with the suicide of Phoebe Prince (15), who had moved to the area with her mother and sister just four months previously.

Parents of some of her former classmates from Limerick have told journalist Emily Bazlebon that their daughters were subjected to significant cyberbullying from Prince in the months before she left Ireland – and believe her former school should have acted to prevent the self-harming that led to her suicide.

Phoebe had been cutting herself shortly after beginning second year in the Villiers boarding school outside Limerick, a problem her mother attributed to trouble she was having with other girls about a boy she was seeing.

When Slate.com spoke to Villiers about the self-harming, principal Thomas Hardy said the school would not have been aware of any self-harm issues.

The parents of other girls involved in the romantic drama have insisted the school would have known about the issue, however, as it had investigated Prince and two other students over a Bebo profile they set up to abuse a former friend involved in the romance.

The girl, a former friend who had dated a boy Phoebe liked and whose father is Asian, was constantly slagged as a “Paki whore” – an eerie symmetry to the “Irish whore” taunts to which Prince was subjected after moving to Massachusetts – taunts over which her six classmates are now facing criminal investigation.

She had also used the site to communicate with the other girls behind the fake profile using her own account, and had written:

haha GUESS WHAT [student's name] PAKITHINGY BLOCKED ME ON BEBO!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! HOW FUNI IS DAT!!!

‘Chicken fillets’

Prince admitted at the time to posting a picture of chicken fillets – implying that the student had a smaller-than-average bust – on the profile, which had led to the student experiencing further bullying at the school, but insisted that that contribution was her only one to the page.

She had expressed sincere apology for her role in the bullying, however, and the victim’s mother – despite having reported the bullying to the Department of Education and having withdrawn her daughter from the school as a result – maintains that Phoebe was, at heart, a good child.

The site asks, however, whether Prince’s self-harming could have been addressed during her time in Villiers, and if so whether she may have been better equipped to deal with the abuse she in turn received at South Hadley High that led her to end her life. The article states that Prince’s parents are understood to share the same view.

# bebo - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

BEBO FOUNDER, Michael Birch, is set to launch his next venture in Ireland. Birch is launching Jolitics.com, a new political website, in the next few days. An email received by TheJournal.ie says the site is launching its “stealth mode in Ireland in the next 48 hours.”

“The start up is based in Silicon Valley, but Michael is going to try something a little unorthodox and grow it out from Ireland and not from Silicon Valley first. If successful this could set a new trend where we get to see the new stuff first,” the email reads.

Birch has previously said that the site will be issues-based and not party-based. He said he chose Ireland as a testing ground because of the success of Bebo in the country.

Birch sold Bebo for $10m to a group of investors who made over $1bn selling it to AOL. The company has since been sold on.

Those who wish to join the site can put their name on a waiting list.