In the summer of 2004, the Web site Friendster identified its top competition
: tier one included the likes of MySpace, Orkut, Multiply, Hi5, Tribe, LinkedIn, and Blogger. Tier 2 featured Tickle, Ryze, Classmates, Match, Xanga, and topping the list of second class social networks, a little-known company called Facebook.
On the list were some notable also-rans, some forgotten also-rans, the now-second most successful social network, some blogging platforms, and a dating Web site.
Needless to say, the online world was a very different place a decade ago. Social networkers of a certain age remember Friendster, the then-Mountain View, Calif.-based … Read more