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Skyrock
Type of site
Social network service
Available in
Dissolved21 August 2023 (2023-08-21)
Country of originFrance
OwnerTéléfun
URLskyrock.com Edit this at Wikidata
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
Launched17 December 2002 (2002-12-17)
Current statusDefunct

Skyrock.com 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. Skyrock.com ceased operations on 21 August 2023.

Background and description

Skyrock.com began as a blogging site, Skyblog.com, founded by Skyrock CEO Pierre Bellanger in December 2002. In May 2007, after abandoning the Skyblog.com brand, Skyrock.com 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]

Controversies

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.

References

  1. ^ "ADR.eu". 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". www.comscore.com. 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". www.iht.com. Archived from the original on 9 November 2005.