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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.


Friendster: A textbook case of what not to do

Like MySpace, Friendster has redesigned its site to focus more on music and gaming. It looks a lot like IMVU with its new offerings of games and avatars, but has also incorporated a number of the MySpace features in the music areas. It provides similar options for connecting with friends and family, but still lacks the numerous features and functionality of Facebook and MySpace.

  • 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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