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Social networks may be nothing new to habitués of the Internet. Several years of competition among Facebook, MySpace and Friendster have generated tens of millions of members.
But now the market is teeming with companies that want to bring the same phenomenon to the cellphone. There are so many “mobile social networking” upstarts, in fact, that when New Media Age magazine in Britain tried to identify the “ones to watch,” it ended up naming 10 companies.
Some of those in the thick of battle are resigned to having a lot of company. “If there weren’t competitors, there wouldn’t be a market,” said Dan Harple, founder and chief executive of GyPSii, a mobile social network based in Amsterdam that is a contender. “Maybe there are 30 or more now — in three years, there will be 5 that matter.”
Cellphone Social Networking On The Move [nytimes.com]
"social" should be in quotes - the right name is anti-social networks
I want to coin a phrase:
anti-social networking; the combined and ongoing acts of disseminating or perusing information online in a non-personal way so as to have no actual social contact.
-lexipixel (Oct. 21, 2007)
I remember the old days, when someone new moved into your neighborhood, you'd stop by and introduce yourself -- maybe bring a plate of baked goods and welcome them to the neighborhood.
Now we're down to:
User2: nuthin u
User1: k ttyl
User2: k bye
Yes -- I have seen that term "ok" abbreviated to just "k".... Cavemen grunting carried more in-depth meaning, (and I hope the Geico cave-dude doesn't get on my case for the comparison)....<grin>
You should look for the new new thing, not the old thing on the new device.
You should think of what can the new thing be on the new device?
social networks are a FAD people
I'm not sure I 100% agree. I do believe that their current form may be a fad, but social networks will probably be around in one form or another for quite a while. (Take Linkedin for example, seems to be growing all the time) For non-professional social networks, the feeling of complete anonymity and the ability to say anything you want without repercussion is a powerful draw.
Also, teen girls are fast becoming the most prolific content generators on the net... what else are they going to do with the net except gossip? :)