Artifacts of Web 2.0 days. Here in 2008, Google had just launched Google Friend Connect, which was a precursor to Google+, which is now also another dead Google product. I miss Web 2.0 but my own habits changed too as fewer and bigger sites started capturing a lot of the features that previously made having separate websites useful.
Still hoping for a new growth of decentralized networking online, one that isn’t bands of thieves anyway.
I liked the CompuServe chat rooms too I only had CompuServe for a short time but I was on PC-Link / AOL for years. I had Prodigy for a bit too, plus lots of time on BITNET Relay chat. Never got into IRC though, which is still around.