Some social media sites have risen then faded. Other types, including Facebook and Twitter, appear to be here for good. Regardless of whether it was the business style, the target market, or inferior quality that aided in the demise and end of preceding social media sites, they each disappeared as social media giants emerged. But many of these social media relics are looking to make a return. Friendster, for one, is wanting to make a comeback by transforming itself into a game site. This decision seems to be working effectively for the site, and there is a high likelihood that they will make a comeback. Myspace almost died as a result of the release of Facebook, but when Justin Timberlake purchased the site and transformed it into a music-centered, entertainment-heavy, artist sharing site, it started to gain traction again.
It would appear that reinvention is the focus when striving to revive a social media relic from the dead. Even Digg, a site that had previously been a prominent social media news sharing site that enabled members to rank stories, has reinvented itself into a sleeker, easier to use alternate option to Google Reader. It is intriguing to notice how these sites have reinvented their look, restated their purpose, and modified their focus in an effort to make a comeback. Below is some data on social media relics that might just stand a fighting chance at revival.