goSupermodel, 2006-2016

goSupermodel-logoWe at watAgame get to enjoy interacting with kids and teenagers every day – for over ten years now! It is amazing: We get the front-row seats to see what’s happening in the world of the youth, admire their creativity and see them grow up.

After developing some adventure games in 2004-2005, watAgame launched a game about supermodels. Its popularity skyrocketed and goSupermodel was born. Launched in 2006, it gathered more than 30 million registered profiles primarily from Northern Europe, it will always have a special place in our hearts.

However, times change and our ways of consuming internet content change even more. goSupermodel was really a product of its time. Its core was the lively discussion forum. It was also a lot about fashion, creativity and games, but without the forum there would not have been a community, and community was always the special thing about goSupermodel.

But now it’s 2016 and forums no longer fit in our ways of being online. They’re tedious to use on smartphone screens, they require being present longer times in one go, and the new generation of internet users haven’t really adopted them. Today’s kids are more used to curated feeds and small pieces of content like on Momio and Instagram, for example.

Summertime from Norway

Picture: Summertime, goSupermodel user from Norway

All good things come to an end

Today, after ten amazing years, the time has come to close down goSupermodel. This was a difficult but necessary decision. goSupermodel’s glory years were from 2008 to 2012, but ever since the community has grown smaller with each passing year. There are many reasons: you could only use it from a computer, boys were not allowed in, the very limiting brand name, and increasing competition. As a consequence, new users stopped coming in, old users grew up and got other interests, and we stopped developing the site. For the past year goSupermodel has been largely funded by its users – they have been paying a small monthly sum to use the site. While it allowed the site to continue for an extra year, it made the community even smaller.

To celebrate the memory of goSupermodel, we invited everyone for a goodbye party on the site. The party started Monday morning and lasted until the closing of the site today – 13.00 CET on Tuesday 24.5.2016. It was great to see many of our old users to come back and say their farewells.

The legacy lives on

goSupermodel should be seen as a big sister for Momio. We took all the learnings from running goSupermodel and put them into Momio, creating a new product.

Safety was always important for us on goSupermodel. Over the years we developed our own safety tools and processes that we are very proud of. When we started building Momio, we further developed all the tools and processes. That allowed us to take safety to a new, improved level on Momio. We learned other things too: Unlike goSupermodel, Momio is for girls and boys and it can be used across platforms. It’s safe to say that goSupermodel helped us create the leading social media service for kids in Northern Europe.

Thousands of girls have grown from children to teenagers to young women while on goSupermodel, and we have been able to follow that. It’s a privilege. We are sure that they will go on to do great things in life while we focus on the younger generation on Momio. We are not done: We still want to make a difference, helping children enjoy the internet in a safe and fun way.

But today we take the time to remember goSupermodel and appreciate everything it gave to us.

goSupermodel 2006-2016, rest in peace.

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About the author:

Silja Nielsen, Momio

Silja Nielsen is Head of Community and Safety at Momio. She has worked at the company since 2010. Silja has a master’s degree in Media Studies and is interested in privacy, online behaviour and online communities.

Read a Q&A with Silja here!

  • :(

    December 3, 2017 at 20:22

    Please bring the site back! A lot of former users miss it very much.

    • PLZ #BRINGBACKGSM2018

      February 1, 2018 at 10:55

      LET’S START HASHTAG #BRINGBACKGSM2018 AND MAYBE THEY NOTICE HOW MUCH WE WANT IT BACK.. People would use it soo much!!!!

    • #BRINGBACKGSM2018

      March 1, 2018 at 07:29

      PLEASE BRING BACK GSM, WOULD´VE PAID ALOT JUST TO GET THE SITE BACK, USED IT FOR ALMOST ALL THE YEARS IT WAS RUNNING, MISS IT SOO MUCH!!

    • Ragnheidur

      March 23, 2018 at 22:48

      Miss Gosupermodel so much!!! Had a dream the other night, about Gosupermodel staring again… :((( could cry my selv to sleep!! #BRINGGOSUPERMODEL BACK:(

    • miss gsm

      March 29, 2018 at 21:09

      i miss gsm so much, i’ve thought about it almost every day…

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:05

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

    • yeet

      June 21, 2018 at 20:41

      PLEASE bring gosupermodel back… i miss it so much.. it was part of my early teenage years and it meant so much to me.. i made so many good friends and it was amazing how anyone could be there, younger kiddos knew how to be with other younger kiddos and teenagers knew to only be with other teenagers, it was amazing.. bring it baaaaaaaack!!

  • Sofia

    December 7, 2017 at 12:58

    Please bring goSupermodel back, it was such a perfect site, i got many friends from there and i got to play games and spend time doing what i liked to do. And also i got to talk to different people through messages and forums. I need it back!!

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:06

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • fendency

    December 10, 2017 at 19:58

    Please bring the site back… we miss it so much

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:06

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Old user

    December 14, 2017 at 13:03

    I miss goSupermodel so much, and I check every now and then if it`s back, even though I know that it isn`t. The game gave me so much joy, and I learned so much about my self and how I communicate. I also got better technical skills by making magazines, just writing about it makes me emotional. I think lots of girls would love the game, I think of all the little girls who never got to experience it. PLEASE BRING GOSUPERMODEL BACK!

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:07

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • @kea27

    December 16, 2017 at 22:17

    bring back goSupermodel, please …. do it 4 the community

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:08

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Sh

    December 18, 2017 at 02:24

    It is a great shame the game is gone. It is good to see other people miss it as much as I do even now. The game was a very unique experience. Magazines, games, designing, forums, trading, collecting, dressing up and creating unique outfits. There was just so much to do for everyone. I was really surprised they decided to not put back the english version back on with a fresh start and focus only on it. Barely anyone was able to join in the finnish, swedish versions etc. at least from the version I was in (polish gsm). I really enjoyed this game and I’m sad the game is gone. It seems to have left a void thus why Im still checking if it’s coming back..

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:08

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Vanessa

    December 27, 2017 at 13:00

    PLEASE BRING GOSUPERMODEL BACK.! I miss it so much! I made friends and had a great time! So please!!!

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:09

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Ires and Floortje

    December 27, 2017 at 20:56

    Can u people please bring GoSupermodel back?! We miss it everyday. We had so much fun on GoSupermodel. I was such a great game and a great way to make friends!

    Lots of kisses from The Netherlands xx.

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:09

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • bubbles

    December 29, 2017 at 19:54

    I met two of my best friends through goSupermodel, and then I met my fiancé through one of those friends. Without goSupermodel, I wouldn’t have met the amazing people that I did, and wouldn’t be about to marry the guy I love. Thanks for the amazing experience goSupermodel. xxx

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:09

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Lin

    January 12, 2018 at 11:39

    Please bring it back it was so much fun to play

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:10

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Tamara

    January 23, 2018 at 10:08

    Please bring it back, we really need it. It was so much fun, we met a lot of great people.
    This was my childhood, don’t take it away from us.
    So please please, bring it back. We badly need it.

    • Lol

      January 28, 2018 at 19:32

      Lol

    • Somebody

      February 15, 2018 at 20:27

      #BRINGBACKGSM2018

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:10

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Melissa48

    February 11, 2018 at 15:54

    Please bring back GoSupermodel. I met so many amazing people there and learned so much too! GoSupermodel is the reason why I can speak and write so well, why I am so creativ in my fashion way and I learned more about myself too. I check in everyday just to see if it magically came back even though I know it wont. It was such a good site/game. Please bring it back
    #BRINGBACKGSM2018

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:11

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Thekitty

    February 14, 2018 at 12:28

    Please! I don’t like Momio I like gosupemodel :c

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:11

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Somebody

    February 15, 2018 at 20:24

    Please bring it back it was my childhood and there are so many people who wants it back

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:12

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Somebody

    February 15, 2018 at 20:26

    #BRINGBACKGSM2018 !!! ♡♡

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:12

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • IntoTheRain

    February 16, 2018 at 12:02

    #BRINGBACKGSM2018 !

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:13

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Johanna-34

    February 18, 2018 at 10:08

    I miss my old user so much! I think we all miss gosupermodel very much, especially the hard work it took. There are plenty of games that are similar to GSM, but they are never going to be as perfect. I honestly don’t understand why you decided to shut it down, when you could’ve made it phone & guy friendly. That way, people would’ve stayed.

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:14

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • johanne

    February 19, 2018 at 08:42

    PLEASE BRING BACK GSM!!! I MISS IT EVERY DAG, I USED TO PLAY IT ALL THE TIME WHEN I WAS YOUNGER! #BRINGBACKGSM2018

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:14

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • elin

    March 5, 2018 at 13:07

    I actually got heartbroken when I saw that you shut down gsm. I miss it so much, we all do. Why couldn’t you have done what habbo did? they shut down all the sites except for the english one. You should’ve done the same. We want gsm back, I want gsm back. #BRINGBACKGSM2018

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:15

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Sara

    March 10, 2018 at 19:32

    Mars 2018 – Almost 2 years have passed since the site shut down but I still miss it just as much. There is no other sites like gSm, it was so special. It wasn’t just a game, it was a safe place for young people (primarily girls) where everyone felt welcome and appreciated. Not only did I find many friends on there, gSm helped me grow as a person and I’m so grateful for all the good times!
    But please, watAgame, PLEASE bring gSm back – or at least create something very similar. Young girls need a place of their own in this world, a place where we can be ourselves and feel like we are a part of something.

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:15

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Cassandra

    March 30, 2018 at 01:40

    I miss gosupermodel so much. I’m from Denmark and I not only used it as an online game, but as a way to communicate with other girls and to get help and help other people as well. I hadn’t played the game for like 3 months when it shut down, but it honestly broke my heart and still does.

    #BRINGBACKGSM2018

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:16

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • pluisje1997

    March 31, 2018 at 21:30

    I still miss it :( I really loved the games, the clothing, the community, everything. I play an other game where are a lot of goSupermodel people, but it doesn’t feel the same. I like doing back stage rush, the photoshoot game and sketzmo with friends, it was so fun!

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:16

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • kittiekat

    April 4, 2018 at 07:54

    damn I miss it:( #bringbackgsm2018

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:17

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • YO

    April 15, 2018 at 09:14

    #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ❤️

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:17

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • elsa

    April 20, 2018 at 15:10

    I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • vivo

    April 24, 2018 at 11:05

    It’s 2018 and we STILL miss gosupermodel. It was a safe place in the web. I even found my very dearest and best friend threw gosupermodel and even though she doesn’t live in the same country like me, we meet each other EVERY YEAR several times!!

    #BRINGBACKGSM2018

    • Elsa

      April 24, 2018 at 19:18

      I have started a facebook group by the name: #BRINGBACKGSM2018 ! Because i believe we should fight for this site and really show them that we love this site. Anyone can join.

  • Finland

    May 6, 2018 at 00:05

    #bringbackgosupermodel2018

  • Injustice

    May 23, 2018 at 16:25

    Please consider bringing this back. Its great that you launched momio, but you put a age limit on it and targeted it towards little kids. A lot of people migrated to virtualpopstar when gsm closed down, but the admin there is really unproffessional and don’t really care about it’s users. There has been a lot of discussions about gsm there, and how most of us would even pay real money to get the site back. Please consider this. Please, please, please.

  • Sara

    June 3, 2018 at 17:09

    not giving up on gSm! :(

  • Elise

    June 8, 2018 at 05:16

    Hi, this is so sad. I used to play this game when I was about 12 years old. I played for many years this game till my last year in high school, that was 2015. I had so much fun! Thank you for all those years, I had many precious memories and made some friends ♥