A Playlist For Your Final Day of Xanga
It's truly the end of an era as Xanga, once one of the Internet's most popular and innovative blog sites, will vaporize into ghosts of the world wide web at the end of the day today. Before Facebook, Twitter and even MySpace, Xanga was the popular customizable hub for friends both near and far to share their opinions and experiences. Launched in 1999 with mainly media reviews in mind, Xanga went on to serve 30 million uses in the early 2000s. With its accessible basic blogging tools and limitless customizability, it became the choice of web fandom and high school chatter for a few solid years. With the plug being pulled today, we at the Weekly decided to offer what we could to help you cope and bring you this playist for the final day of Xanga. Fire up the 56K and revisit those awkward angsty high school years, it's Xanga time.
Freelance Hellraiser - "A Stroke of Genie(Us)" 2002
Xanga attracted many users from various walks of life, gave them each the same chance to be heard as well as the freedom to be themselves. As a result, with millions of users on the same site, each one had an entirely different highly-customizable experience. The excitement for such a site is comparable to the contemporary explosion of mash-ups that began to happen around the same time Xanga popped off. One of the most memorable had to have been the Strokes vs. Christina Aguilera mix "A Stroke of Genie(Us)" a song that takes the pulse racing elements of two different songs to create something brand new. Just like Xanga.
A Simple Plan - "Untitled" 2005
For many of us, those Xanga years were how we shared all the emotions we had bottled up as high schoolers. All the exuberant fun of dances, tender moments in private, and, of course, the pain of pretty much everything. A lot of us just wanted someone to talk to, and with Xanga, you could talk to pretty much everybody all at once. Of course, this would lead to moments of throwing your hands up and asking "How could this happen to me?" Yes, dear Xanga, A Simple Plan can relate.
Limp Bizkit - "The Truth" 2005
The highest profile celebrity on Xanga was probably Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst who used the site to give a window into his thoughts and his process of making music. His page, American Alien, was named by Rolling Stone as one of the best rock star blogs. It was Durst's first foray into social media, and now that he's become a Twitter darling, his site serves as a fine archive of how to get your Durst fix without being limited to 140 characters. If you wanted to know what was going through Durst's brain while making the maligned mid-2000s Bizkit output, this is your best best.