Apps come and go. Sometimes, your favorite app gets acquired by a big company, such as Apple or Google, and integrated into one of its existing services. Other times, the money runs out, the users dwindle, and an app just has to close its doors for good.
The latest to fall prey to this cycle is Vine. Yesterday, Twitter announced that it would be discontinuing the app, which featured a stream of short, looping six-second videos. Honestly, we're a little crushed by the news. (Once upon a time, this girl used to even co-host the world's shortest tech podcast on Vine, the Gingercast.) But as you can tell from the uploads, we, like many other Vine users, just haven't been using it as much in recent months. Times change, and so do our app habits. If you're ready to take a trip down memory lane, ahead are 29 of our favorite apps and websites that have been acquired, shut down, or long forgotten about.
Twitter just announced that it's killing off one of our favorite looping video platforms:
. Okay, maybe we haven't been using it as much as we used to, but this app will be sorely missed.
Photo: Living Social.
Groupon and competitor Living Social have been duking it out in the deals space for years, but it looks like Groupon finally came out on top: Groupon just announced it's
acquiring Living Social
The calendar app Sunrise made checking your jam-packed calendar actually bearable each day. Unfortunately,
get noticed — Microsoft acquired the app and
shut it down for good
(integrating its features into Outlook) in 2016.
Myspace The old Myspace website looks absolutely archaic now, but for many of us, customizing our pages was our first dabble in "coding" (well, HTML anyway), and our "Top 8" friends was always a source of much drama.
If you poured your heart and soul into daily LiveJournal entries in the pre-Facebook days, you might be surprised to learn that LiveJournal actually still exists as a
Xanga But there was a distinct divide back in the early 2000s — if you didn't use LiveJournal, you likely were a Xanga devotee. (Although you probably knew a couple people who had accounts on both journaling platforms.)
In November 2015, Rdio's app disappeared from the App Store.
Pandora acquired the app
and integrated bits and pieces into its own. Spotify is great, but my first streaming music love will always be Rdio.
Back before streaming-music apps were a thing, there was Turntable.FM. In themed rooms, you could play music and earn points as a DJ. The competition was hot, and you could always find a room playing music you were into. Unable to beat the competition, it
shut down in 2014
Before music streaming was a feasible thing, many of us downloaded our tunes (and TV shows, movies, and software) using less legal means, such as the peer-to-peer file sharing network Kazaa. Kazaa shut its doors in
Spotify left a trail of blood (or, more accurately, failed apps) in its wake as it plowed on to global streaming domination. On that trail was Rhapsody, a music streamer that dominated in the pre-smartphone days. After acquiring Napster in 2011, the Rhapsody app actually
rebranded to Napster earlier this year
Napster As we mentioned, the name Napster is technically still around. But, if you used it back in the late '90s and early 2000s, this is what you remembered seeing and using.
Now a staple in apps such as Spotify, Songza was the app that first pioneered curated playlists for specific moods and situations. While the app Songza no longer exists, it has since been
integrated into Google Play Music
Windows Media Player We can't count how many hours we spent listening to our favorite albums accompanied by trippy visualizations from Windows Media Player. Technically it's still around — if you use an old version of Windows — but it hasn't been updated since the Windows 8 era.
One of the first viral apps of the iPhone era was Bump, which let you touch your phone to a nearby friend's iPhone and it would instantly share your contact information with one another. The app tried to do the same for photo and file sharing, but at that point, competitors like Messages and Dropbox had sprung up. After being acquired by Google (Alphabet) in 2013, it got
shut down its beloved Google Reader
in 2013, many folks were left clamoring for a new RSS reader for their favorite news sources and websites. Honestly, we're still not over it.
CardMunch was an app that made it easy to transfer business card information to your phone. First, it got acquired by LinkedIn; but eventually
LinkedIn gave up on it
, and Evernote took over the app and integrated it into its own services.
Read It Later
Sometimes, an app disappears and evolves into something just as good (or better). Such is the case with the original
, titled Read It Later, which is now
In the days before Facebook and Twitter aggregated all our news for us, RSS feeds dominated — but they were ugly. Then came apps like Flipboard and Zite, which made those experiences beautiful and magazine-like. Zite used AI to curate a feed for you, but in 2015
Flipboard folded the app into its own
Book lovers might remember Oyster, which promised to be the "Netflix for books." After being
acquired by Google last year
, the app has since shut down and been integrated into Google Play Books.
The news reader app Pulse had a super loyal fan base when it got acquired by LinkedIn in 2013. But, as with many acquisitions, it got
shut down for good
a few years later.
Up until recently, Sparrow was
email client all the cool kids on iOS were using — especially when it first launched and was invite-only. But after being acquired by Google, Sparrow's smarts have since been
integrated into Gmail
Before Foursquare had emerged as a check-in powerhouse, it had a serious competitor:
Gowalla was more travel-focused, and in the app, you earned a variety of colorful, unique "stamps" that you stamped on your virtual Passport by visiting places. It got
acqui-hired by Facebook
in 2011, and left the App Store shortly after.
The Find was a shopping search engine that included more than 500 million products from 500,000 stores. But in 2015,
was acquired by Facebook.
Back before Instagram and VSCO, if you needed to edit your photos (you know, for Myspace or Facebook), you had to turn to Picnik, a popular web-based photo editor. Picnik
shut its doors
in 2013 (after a Google acquisition).
iOS didn't always handle notifications (especially push notifications) in an elegant way. If you wanted custom alerts, you needed to use an app such as Boxcar. But now, Boxcar is rendered redundant — and it's
incompatible with iOS 10
Remember when Twitter didn't support photos natively? If you wanted to share a photo on Twitter, you needed to use a third-party service, and Twitpic was king. It
A few years ago, the App Store was
to search. If you didn't know the exact name of an app, it was a huge pain to find. That is, until Apple acquired the app search engine Chomp and
used its smarts in the App Store
Did you play
in the early 2000s? This site is actually still totally around, although it was acquired by Viacom in 2005. But now that you know that, you can feel
guilty about having abandoned your virtual pets when you went off the high school or college.