On January 30, 2012, access to Bebo became unavailable for 36 hours, resuming normal service during the early hours of February 1, 2012.Its popularity saw it sold to AOL for 0 million in 2008.The site was purchased by AOL on March 13, 2008 for 0 million, with the Birches' combined 70% stake yielding a profit of 5 million from the deal. This was mainly due to the falling numbers of unique users; Bebo users were moving to rival sites Facebook and Twitter.Bebo is a social networking website launched in 2005.It now describes itself as "a company that dreams up ideas for fun social apps;" Joe Mbu, the man behind the Bebo relaunch, has confirmed that the site will not be returning as a social network but as a company that makes social apps.Users could also see who had visited their profiles (a feature which could be changed in settings).In April 2011, Bebo added a new notification system, similar to Facebook's - a feature which had been much-requested in feedback.The company announced the launch of their newest app, Blab, in early 2014 eventually registering at least 10.7 million unique users.
On February 17, 2011, Bebo launched a brand-new design.
This consisted of a new, more modern header and home page, as well as a new profile layout option.
AOL said that Bebo could not compete with other social networking sites in its current state, and that the company could not commit to taking on the massive task to keep Bebo in the social network 'race'.
It has been reported that AOL's finances were struggling.
The National Space Agency of Ukraine's RT-70 radio telescope sent 501 messages chosen by Bebo users, called A Message From Earth, toward planet Gliese 581c.
Sent on 9 October 2008, it will arrive in the spring of 2028.