July 17, 2003
According to Wired, Friendster is the hottest thing online (since weblogs and sliced bread) for making new acquaintances and business contacts.
I was around when both SixDegrees and PlanetAll tried this friend-of-a-friend business model, got bought up and closed down... (PlanetAll even offered Palm addressbook sychronization and Amazon gift certificates for recruiting new friends). I'm not sure what friendster does differently, but I thought I'd give it a spin.
Trying to sign up, my email address (yes, containing a "+" as usual) was causing major grief. I was not being denied registration, but it kept bugging up the whole rest of the registration process so I gave up in the end. Too bad.
If someone makes a similar service that on top of having all the features even is accesible and usable; I'd consider it.
Further reading for any Friendster engineer/GUI designer that stops by here:
I suggest you look at paljunction.com. I personally think its much better than Friendster.
you might want to try Huminity 6 Degree Messaging also at http://www.huminity.com . It also has in it chat, messaging, chat-rooms, notifications and it's free.
I looked at paljunction.com and it looks great out of all the service. Thanx bigjoeblow
There are so many sites now - Most are Friendster Clones and even originate in Silicon Valley.
having studied the social networking boom over the last year or so for my degree I can state the following:
Friendster.com wasn't the first to launch but gathered the most users hence got the most press. I think Abram's surprised himself in how popular it was and needs to sort out his vision/strategy for his company
Everyonesconnected.com was one of the first to launch in this new wave of social networking sites. It is UK based and has a unique look.
Most of the 30 or so other sites springing up are copycats of both these sites.
It will be interesting to see how the battle for web supremecy in this domain will be fought and who the winners or losers will be..... this will be the next chapter in my thesis!
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