AEGEE Zombies: The Dead Antennae On the Internet

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AEGEE-Pavia, AEGEE-Craio­va, AEGEE-Antwer­pen, AEGEE-Cam­bridge: they are all dead. But… on the Inter­net they are still alive. Many of the more than 500 AEGEE locals and con­tacts cre­at­ed web­pages or Face­book accounts — and when some of them died, their web­page stayed. The Gold­en Times had a look at some of them. Enjoy the screen­shots and the sto­ries behind!

 

AEGEE-Antwerpen: special logo on Facebook

Antwerpen

There are not many anten­nae in Bel­gium. AEGEE-Antwer­pen exist­ed between 2009 and 2011. They stayed Con­tact Anten­na, nev­er organ­ised any­thing and con­se­quent­ly delet­ed. How­ev­er, they had time enough to make a Face­book page in 2010 — with a very orig­i­nal AEGEE logo.

 

AEGEE-Augsburg: Still in the university directory

Augsburg website

With­out AEGEE-Augs­burg there might have been no Net­work Com­mis­sion or AEGEE Acad­e­my. Both of them were cre­at­ed by AEGEE-Augs­burg alum­ni and AEGEE-Europe hon­orary mem­ber Bern­hard Müller. Also ex-CD mem­ber Andrea Wern­er and for­mer Acad­e­my speak­er Eric Kri­er were among the mem­bers. In 2011, after near­ly 20 years of exis­tence, the anten­na died — but their web­site lives on!

 

AEGEE-Avellino-Benevento: Photos on Flickr

Avellimo Flickerstream

Avel­li­no and Ben­even­to are nice towns near Napoli. And togeth­er they shared an anten­na, which lived for near­ly 10 years, before it died in 2012. You can still enjoy their pho­tos, because they have an account on Flickr with a nice pho­to­stream.

 

AEGEE-Bitola: blinking stars of AEGEE

Bitola website

Do you know in which coun­try Bito­la is? It’s the sec­ond biggest city of Mace­do­nia. Among the 75,000 inhab­i­tants were also some AEGEE mem­bers. The anten­na exist­ed from 2006 to 2009. High­light of the nice bilin­gual Eng­lish-Mace­don­ian web­site is the AEGEE logo with blink­ing stars.

 

AEGEE-Blagoevgrad: Still planning a congress for 1999

Blagoevgrad

AEGEE-Bla­go­ev­grad was once a nice and active anten­na in Bul­gar­ia, placed at an Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ty. It was nev­er a big anten­na though and one day they ran out of mem­bers. Their sto­ry end­ed in 2004, how­ev­er, there are still traces of them on the Inter­net, as their web­site http://members.tripod.com/AEGEE_Blagoevgrad/ proves. As the web­site shows, they are in the process of organ­is­ing an event in autumn 1999 and all 69 mem­bers are list­ed. By the way, in 2001 the anten­na made a new web­site, not host­ed by the provider Tri­pod, but by the uni­ver­si­ty. They did not both­er to remove the old one, so while the lat­er estab­lished web­site died with the anten­na, the pre­vi­ous one stayed online.

 

AEGEE-Bolu: Present on Facebook and Twitter

Bolu

You prob­a­bly haven’t heard from AEGEE-Bolu, although the Turk­ish anten­na exist­ed from 2002 till 2013. This zom­bie anten­na is still on Twit­ter — with 124 fol­low­ers and one tweet.

 

AEGEE-Bordeaux: Comic Sans is still alive!


AEGEE-Bor­deaux was one of the many locals that were found­ed twice. The orig­i­nal one was one of the very first locals and lived from 1986 to 1996. It was revived in 2002, when Mar­i­ann Weiszen­berg­er, a Hun­gar­i­an exchange stu­dent, decid­ed to found it again. Unfor­tu­nate­ly it lived only for a year, but a web­site, cre­at­ed in spring 2003, is a still exist­ing silent wit­ness of this short revival. There AEGEE has still 280 locals and the CD 9 mem­bers… More­over, the font is Com­ic Sans, a font which is not that pop­u­lar any­more, but gives the page a spe­cial touch.

 

AEGEE-Cambridge: Where AEGEE’s history consists of 38 words


AEGEE in the UK… that’s an eter­nal­ly sad sto­ry. It is real­ly hard to cre­ate an anten­na on the island, which man­ages to stay alive for long. AEGEE-Cam­bridge exist­ed for nine years, from 2002 to 2011. Right on the still active web­site is writ­ten: “AEGEE organ­is­es large-scale projects that reflect its four main fields of action”. Well, those were the times. Actu­al­ly, in those years AEGEE reached its cli­max when it comes to con­fer­ences and projects. And also the leg­endary fields of action passed away a cou­ple of years ago. Well, maybe they will come back one day, who knows? This web­site also has a his­to­ry sec­tion, but it con­sists only of this text: “AEGEE was found­ed in Paris in 1985. Its head­quar­ters then moved to Brus­sels in 1992. Today AEGEE has 17 000 mem­bers spread over 256 uni­ver­si­ty cities in 40 Euro­pean coun­tries.” Well, it moved to Brus­sels in 1996 and the num­ber of mem­bers and locals is also out­dat­ed, but those are the only mis­takes in the three sen­tences. Oh, and there is also a pho­to sec­tion with three pic­tures from Ago­ra Warsza­wa in 2006 — which was also the year when the web­site was updat­ed for the last time. I just won­der whether AEGEE-Cam­bridge board mem­ber Emi­lie Yer­by still gets mail under the men­tioned con­tact address…

 

AEGEE-Constanta: The latest Webdesign fashion of 2000

Constanta

AEGEE-Con­stan­ta lived from 1999 till 2009. In 2000 they exper­i­ment­ed with their first web­page, with a design in clas­sic 2000 ele­gance. In 2002, they made a new web­site. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, we can­not open the link to the new one any­more, because of mal­ware or Tro­jans on that page.

 

AEGEE-Craiova: Grey is the new black

Craiova

Let’s com­plete this tour through Roma­nia with a vis­it to AEGEE-Craiova’s home­page. Wow, this grey is amaz­ing! And the embossed logo… Well, near­ly all AEGEE web­sites of the mid-90ies had a grey back­ground, some tables, mov­ing gifs and — as spe­cial lay­out item — hor­i­zon­tal lines! This page was used for the last time in 1999, but still has the style of 1995. By the way, AEGEE-Craio­va was delet­ed in 2013 — and of course they had a more mod­ern web­site lat­er — but that one is offline.

 

AEGEE-Dnipropetrovsk: One of the many Facebook corpses

Of course it’s more spec­tac­u­lar to look at anten­nae that died 20 years ago and still have rem­nants on the web. How­ev­er, the typ­i­cal case is the one of recent­ly deceased locals that did not both­er to stop using their Face­book page or web­site. Per­son­al­ly, I don’t mind if those pages are still online, because they are trea­sures of his­to­ry. How­ev­er, in that case write at least a post that this anten­na doesn’t exist any­more and that peo­ple who are inter­est­ed in the asso­ci­a­tion should con­tact that Net­work Direc­tor in Brus­sels… Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for many cas­es is the web­page and Face­book page of AEGEE-Dnipropetro­vsk, which was delet­ed at Autumn Ago­ra Cata­nia 2017. The last entry on the Face­book page is from Octo­ber 2016, the web­site was even used only from 2009 to 2011…

 

AEGEE-Durham: The dead antenna on Google+

A dead anten­na on a qua­si-dead social net­work? How fit­ting! That’s the sto­ry of AEGEE-Durham, a British local that exist­ed from 1997 to 1999 and from 2009 to 2015. They still have a Face­book page with 217 fans and a Google+ page — with no posts at all. By the way, there are alto­geth­er 17 anten­nae on Google+, includ­ing more dead ones like AEGEE-Køben­havn or AEGEE-Elbasan. No one is using it any­more, AEGEE-Napoli was the last one to give up in spring 2017. AEGEE-Europe is also there — it has one entry and is 27 years old now, accord­ing to the page…

 

AEGEE-Elâzığ: Greetings from the Twitterverse

If just the social media respon­si­ble had been as much in love with Twit­ter like Don­ald Trump! Maybe the Turk­ish anten­nae would still be alive… The sad truth: AEGEE-Elâzığ exist­ed from 2011 to 2013, before it went to AEGEE heav­en… Just the Twit­ter account stayed, with two tweets and 131 fol­low­ers.

 

AEGEE-Foggia: The most popular dead antenna on Facebook

Only 81 anten­nae have more fans on Face­book than AEGEE-Fog­gia. With 1707 fol­low­ers the for­mer Ital­ian local is the most pop­u­lar dead anten­na by far! The run­ner-up, AEGEE-Kragu­je­vac, has “only” 1298 fans, but also a Face­book per­son pro­file. By the way, AEGEE-Fog­gia exist­ed from 2013 to 2016, AEGEE-Kragu­je­vac from 2005 to 2017.

 

AEGEE-Fribourg: Only the inspirational quotes remain

Switzer­land has always been one of the tough­est grounds for AEGEE. Not many anten­nae exist­ed there. Today there is none. Let’s have a look at AEGEE-Fri­bourg. It exist­ed three times: in 1990, from 1991 to 1995 and then again from 2004 to 2014. In the final peri­od the anten­na exper­i­ment­ed with social media and web­pages. AEGEE-Fri­bourg cre­at­ed a strange web­site with only two inspi­ra­tional quotes as con­tent: “We are ask­ing the nations of Europe between whom rivers of blood have flowed to for­get the feuds of a thou­sand years” (Win­ston Churchill Feb­ru­ary 14, 1948) and “Soon nos­tal­gia will be anoth­er name for Europe” (Angela Carter). Too bad the link to the AEGEE-Europe page doesn’t work. Lat­er, the anten­na dis­cov­ered Face­book, but also that chap­ter end­ed in 2013.

 

AEGEE-Gəncə: Four lonely photos on Instagram

It hasn’t been so long that AEGEE anten­nae use Insta­gram. But there is already one that used this pic­ture tool and died: AEGEE-Gəncə. In 2017 the anten­na, which was found­ed twice, was delet­ed. But at least its Insta­gram page remains — with four lone­ly pho­tos.

 

AEGEE-Gent: The Convention d’Adhesion is online

Found­ed at Ago­ra Napoli in Novem­ber 2006, AEGEE-Gent was delet­ed in spring 2010. In this short time the Bel­gian anten­na man­aged to cre­ate a blog page in 2007, where the found­ing mem­bers told the sto­ry how the anten­na was found­ed, togeth­er with the founders and the Con­ven­tion d’Adhesion.

 

AEGEE-Gießen: Party like it’s 2009

AEGEE-Gießen gave us with Peter Ginser a Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-Europe and Kamala Schütze an Hon­orary Mem­ber. At the Euro­pean School in 1999 the idea for the AEGEE-Acad­e­my was cre­at­ed. It’s a spe­cial anten­na. And it was found­ed twice. The first run was from 1995 to 2005. In April 2007 it was revived, but in autumn 2011 it was gone again. The web­site of this sec­ond peri­od is still online. You can deter­mine pret­ty well when it was aban­doned: in autumn 2009. From that time there is a cal­en­dar of events and a pro­mo­tion pic­ture for the Euro­pean Day of Lan­guages.

 

AEGEE-Kaliningrad: Just a few pictures remain

AEGEE-Kalin­ingrad start­ed in 2002 and dis­ap­peared in 2010. They also cre­at­ed a web­site, with infor­ma­tion in Russ­ian — and not even much. More inter­est­ing is the pho­to­site they used, which shows us images of a cou­ple of events from the foun­da­tion year 2002 — after­wards the page was aban­doned.

 

AEGEE-Kaunas: Three channels for nothing

AEGEE-Kau­nas also lived twice: from 1992 to 2001 and from 2012 to 2017. From the sec­ond peri­od there are still three info chan­nels online: the web­site, the Google+ page and the Face­book page. Two bad no one is read­ing it…

 

AEGEE-Kayseri: Check in with a dead local

Do you remem­ber Foursquare, the local search-and-dis­cov­ery ser­vice app? It was quite pop­u­lar around 2010. They still exist, but lost pop­u­lar­i­ty. AEGEE-Kay­seri was one of the few locals that pre­sent­ed itself on this plat­form. But that’s not all, the Turk­ish local, which exist­ed from 2000 to 2015, was also on Twit­ter and had its own Youtube chan­nel!

 

AEGEE-Kiel: The first attempt

Kiel

AEGEE-Kiel was one of the old­est Ger­man anten­nae and became famous due to two peo­ple: Johannes Heis­ter from the first AEGEE gen­er­a­tion, who was also in the CD. And Michael Groll, who was Trea­sur­er in the refound­ed AEGEE-Kiel for about ten years. The anten­nae also cre­at­ed two web­sites. The new­er one is offline, but the old­er one is still around. It was made in 1998, with the inno­v­a­tive soft­ware tool Visu­al Page 2.0…

 

AEGEE-Kragujevac: Space on Myspace

AEGEE-Kragu­je­vac exist­ed for 12 years, from 2005 to 2017. What did young hip peo­ple do around 2005? Yes, they cre­at­ed space on Myspace — the social net­work that dis­ap­peared when Face­book start­ed to become a hot item.

 

AEGEE-Lenkoran: Never give up so easily

Sus­tain­abil­i­ty is every­thing — also in PR. But often for­got­ten. AEGEE-Lenko­ran in Azer­bai­jan was found­ed in 2006 and stopped in 2010. In 2007 the young anten­na had the idea to cre­ate an own blog on Word­Press, like so many oth­ers. Well, they did. But gave up after three posts. They also made a Flickr account in 2005, when they were still a Con­tact — and for­got about it after 11 pages.

 

AEGEE-Lisboa: 352 pictures on Flickr

AEGEE-Lis­boa used Flickr a lot — 352 pic­tures are online! But… it’s not the cur­rent AEGEE-Lis­boa, which was cre­at­ed in 2017. It was the first AEGEE-Lis­boa, which was part of the net­work from 2005 to 2010. They cre­at­ed a very sim­ple and bor­ing web­site in 2006 and the men­tioned nice Flickr pho­to­stream in the same year. Just too bad they gave up — mak­ing AEGEE at the bor­der of Europe is not so easy.

 

AEGEE-Łódź: the last hurrah on the web

1996 to 2011 and 2012 to 2015 — these are the dates when AEGEE-Łódź exist­ed, one of the anten­nae whose spelling looks dif­fer­ent from the pro­nun­ci­a­tion — at least for non-Pol­ish speak­ers. It is real­ly a pity that this anten­na is gone. In 2009 the anten­na made the attempt to present itself with an own web­site. But… it wasn’t very suc­cess­ful — one year lat­er it was down­grad­ed.

 

AEGEE-Lutsk: An own interpretation of Visual Identity

A yel­low logo in front of a globe. Looks flashy, but prob­a­bly makes every Visu­al Iden­ti­ty freak feel dizzy. AEGEE-Lut­sk cre­at­ed its web­page in 2011, post­ed four posts and then for­got about it. Such a pity, because it’s one of the many Ukrain­ian locals that shut down in this decade. AEGEE-Lut­sk was around from 2009 to 2014.

 

AEGEE-Lübeck: Logo size 126x69 pixel

Not far from Kiel is Lübeck, once queen of the Hanseat­ic League and sec­ond biggest Ger­man city in the medieval times. The anten­na lived only a few years, from 1999 till 2001, when a few board mem­bers moved away and the pres­i­dent had a new boyfriend and no time for AEGEE any­more. Their web­site uses anoth­er infa­mous clas­sic AEGEE web­site design: the tiled flags in the back­ground. Real high­light how­ev­er is the logo with 126x69 pix­el.

 

AEGEE-Pavia: the sudden disappearance

Pavia

On 30th of April 2012 AEGEE-Pavia announced that they have a new board. This was the lat­est mes­sage on this web­site ever. A few months lat­er in the same year, the anten­na was delet­ed. Every­thing hap­pened so fast that no one took the web­site offline. Which is actu­al­ly nice, because you can see their great his­to­ry — for exam­ple an exchange with AEGEE-Oslo — and browse their pho­to archive.

 

AEGEE-Romania: a very own antenna cemetery

What? There is AEGEE-Roma­nia?

You must not have a nation­al lev­el.” That’s basi­cal­ly the first com­mand­ment of AEGEE. Some mem­bers of AEGEE-Sibiu cre­at­ed a web­site called AEGEE-Roma­nia with the address http://www.aegee.ro/. Of course they men­tion that there is no AEGEE-Roma­nia, but the list of 11 anten­nae in the Balkan land is quite out­dat­ed — well, the last update of the page is from 26th of Octo­ber 2009. Today, only five are left and AEGEE-Sibiu itself has been down­grad­ed to Con­tact Anten­na.

 

AEGEE-Valencia: the mysterious starting page

Valencia

AEGEE-Valen­cia is not dead at all, it’s alive and kick­ing! They also have a very mod­ern web­site! How­ev­er, they also have a zom­bie web­site: http://www.upv.es/aegee/. Some­one removed near­ly all the con­tent, when they made the new site, but the start­ing page remained — unfor­tu­nate­ly with­out a link to the new site.

 

AEGEE-Veszprém: The forgotten Presidents Meeting

Veszprem

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, my per­son­al favourite among all zom­bie web­sites went offline in 2017: the one of AEGEE-Veszprém. You nev­er heard of this anten­na? Veszprém is a beau­ti­ful town in Hun­gary, not far from Lake Bal­a­ton. AEGEE-Veszprém was found­ed in 1992 and delet­ed ten years lat­er.  The design of the site is clas­sic mid-90ies. In fact, after 1997, the page was nev­er again updat­ed. To tell the truth, not much hap­pened there after 1998, the last board looked pret­ty much the same as the one in 1998. The anten­na con­tin­ued to exist for a while on paper, most­ly to enable oth­er Hun­gar­i­an anten­nae to send more peo­ple to Ago­ras. Not the only one in the net­work with that pur­pose. Any­way, the high­light of the anten­na was the Pres­i­dents’ Meet­ing in Sep­tem­ber 1997. the PM is the pre­de­ces­sor to the EBM and EPM — and it took place twice per year!

Veszprem2

This web­site gives us a great pic­ture, how statu­to­ry events in AEGEE looked like back then. One dif­fer­ence to today: you did not apply on a cen­tral web­site, but direct­ly at the local organ­is­er. Not the chair was pick­ing the par­tic­i­pants of the PM or Ago­ra, but the local organ­is­ers. The CD was not involved either, because usu­al­ly a gov­ern­ment does not choose its mem­bers of par­lia­ment.

The PM organ­is­ers of AEGEE-Veszprém were updat­ing the list of par­tic­i­pants reg­u­lar­ly, 240 peo­ple were select­ed. Very inter­est­ing is this remark: “The appli­ca­tion dead­line is over right now, if some­body would like to join the PM from the date of Sep­tem­ber 8th we are going to charge the anten­nas for 10 ECUs for apply­ing late. Sor­ry about this.” It was also impor­tant to bring the mem­ber­ship card: “Sec­ond­ly, every­body please bring your mem­ber­ship cards, because the CD is going to charge you with 20 ECUs, if you are not going to have it by you.” It was also inter­est­ing to see that the organ­is­ers had a mobile phone, which was not com­mon in 1997!

Veszprem PM programme WG

Also the PM pro­gramme was pub­lished there. Next to the fire­works on Sat­ur­day night one inter­est­ing item is the times­lot for work­ing groups! This was nor­mal for many years: all work­ing groups had meet­ings there in an own times­lot. this means that a lot of par­tic­i­pants attend­ed their meet­ing, became mem­bers, devel­oped projects and made elec­tions. This is how work­ing groups remained strong. When this was abol­ished a few years ago, the down­fall of work­ing groups start­ed. So instead of sim­ply delet­ing them, some peo­ple should have bet­ter done some research first…

Final­ly: When you click on the web­site on the link AEGEE-Inter­na­tion­al, it tries to refer you to http://www.uni-konstanz.de/studis/aegee/europe.html, which was the address of the first AEGEE-Europe web­site. But that one also went offline a while ago.

I hope you enjoyed this lit­tle tour across the AEGEE zom­bie web­sites!

 

 

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