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Type of site
Social network service
Available in
Dissolved21 August 2023 (2023-08-21)
Country of originFrance
OwnerTéléfun Edit this at Wikidata
Launched17 December 2002 (2002-12-17)
Current statusDefunct was a social networking service based in France that offered a free space on the web for users to create blogs, add profiles, and exchange messages with other registered members. ceased operations on 21 August 2023.

Background and description began as a blogging site,, founded by Skyrock CEO Pierre Bellanger in December 2002. In May 2007, after abandoning the brand, was launched as a full-scale social network.[1]

As of June 2008 Skyrock was ranked as the world's seventh largest social network with over 21 million visitors.[2]

The website was shut down on 21 August 2023. According to the Skyrock team, anonymized content has been transferred to the National Archives of France.[3]


Skyrock had a high penetration rate in France. In several French middle schools,[when?] students used the platform to malign school personnel resulting in their expulsion and in the issuing of alerts by schools to warn parents and students about such behavior.[4]

Furthermore, certain American newspapers attempted to associate the breakout of the 2005 civil unrest in France to users of Skyblogs.[5] However, institutions of the French state never filed any formal complaint indicting the usage of Skyrock Blogs.[citation needed]

A few prominent French institutions created a Skyrock Blog as a preferred tool to communicate messages. An example is the French Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Commission.


  1. ^ "". Archived from the original on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Social Networking Explodes Worldwide as Sites Increase their Focus on Cultural Relevance". Archived from the original on 18 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Skyblog, la plus grande plate-forme de blogs française dans les années 2000, va fermer le 21 août". Le Monde (in French). 23 June 2023. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  4. ^ "Trois collégiens exclus pour cause de blogs insultants" (in French). Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2023.
  5. ^ "Blogs and text messages spread call to violence - Europe - International Herald Tribune". Archived from the original on 9 November 2005.