Skyrock (social network site)
|This article reads like a news release, or is otherwise written in an overly promotional tone. (December 2008)|
|Slogan||Free People Network|
|Type of site||Social network service|
|Available in||French, English, German,Dutch, Italian, Spanish,Portuguese|
|Launched||December 17th, 2002|
|Alexa rank||657 (September 2013)|
Skyrock.com is a social networking site that offers a free space on the web to allow its users to create blogs, add profiles, and exchange messages with other registered members. The site also offers a specific space for members who create blogs to showcase their own musical compositions. Skyrock is ranked as the world’s seventh largest social network with over 21 million visitors as of June 2008.
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.
Given the platform’s high penetration rate in France, Skyrock has its share of highs and lows in the public eye, and deals with its share of uses and abuses. For example, in several French middle schools, 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.
Furthermore, certain American newspapers attempted to associate the breakout of the 2005 civil unrest in France to users of Skyblogs.  However, institutions of the French state never filed any formal complaint indicting the usage of Skyrock Blogs.
A few prominent French institutions created a Skyrock Blog as a preferred tool to communicate messages. An example is the High Authority for the Struggle Against Discrimination and for Equality.
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