Five potential Facebook killers
And three sites crushed by Facebook that are hoping for a rebirth
By Julie Sartain | Network World US | Published: 16:00, 12 July 2011
The social networking scene is constantly in flux. Facebook is at the top of the heap right now, but challengers are springing up all the time, hoping to ride the next big wave into a lucrative IPO. Here are five social media sites that are creating a buzz.
Empire Avenue: Show me the money
Empire Avenue is a social media exchange network. Members invest virtual currency in people and brands that interest them. Share prices are based on the individual or the brand's activity, engagement, and reach across other social media networks including Empire Avenue, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and others. Basically, it's a social network and a game that helps members meet and connect with new people, gain insight and metrics of their social media activity across the web, and have fun while becoming better at using the social media environment.