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Five potential Facebook killers

And three sites crushed by Facebook that are hoping for a rebirth

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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.


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Color: Color me nearby

Color is a free iPhone and Android app that creates an instant social network based on users location and proximity to others. The objective is to facilitate better relationships with neighbours and co-workers without the rigour of establishing permanent connections. Users can instantly share images, videos and text conversations with others in proximity by capturing information as a group instead of an individual.


  • Empire Avenue: Show me the money
  • Color: Color me nearby
  • foursquare: Don't oust me, bro
  • Hunch: Who are you?
  • IMVU: 3D swap meet
  • MySpace: Is there life after Facebook?
  • Friendster: A textbook case of what not to do
  • Classmates (now called Memory Lane): Facebook victim goes back to the future


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