Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Social Networking: Five Sites You Need to Know

Here is an excerpt from Fred Stutzman who has a blog
dedicated to his thoughts about information, social
networks, identity and technology:

"In preparation for some upcoming research, I've been
surveying the field of Social Networking sites. The only way
to characterize growth in the field is explosive; while I don't
have actual numbers on how many social networking sites
are out there, my informal survey shows we are talking at
least hundreds, with more coming online each day.

In the span of a year, social networking has proliferated
- hundreds of millions of users have accounts on SNS-enabled
sites. Indeed, social networking is now "just another feature"
of many sites - we're coming to expect sites to be SNS-enabled.

At this point, you're probably familiar with the major SNS
players - MySpace, Facebook, Classmates.com, even
Friendster - as there are hundreds of emergent SNS players,
what are sites you need to pay attention to? "

Here's Fred's annotated list:

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