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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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foursquare: Don't oust me, bro

Foursquare is a location-based mobile service that enables participants to share their location with friends by checking in via a smartphone app. It facilitates real world experiences by allowing users to bookmark information about venues they want to visit, then provides customized recommendations. Merchants and brands benefit by using the self service tools to attract and engage customers and fans.


  • 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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