Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Meet the New Social Networks, Same as the Old Ones

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January 24, 2011 by Todd Carpenter · 1 Comment
Filed under: Social Media 
There was a time when you had to have a harvard.edu e-mail address to join Facebook. Then, Facebook opened membership up to other Ivy League schools, then any school with a .edu e-mail address, and finally, to everyone. Facebook’s early success was based on their exclusivity. It’s what made them special, but it’s also the thing that had to be sacrificed for them to gain a critical mass.
Lately, there’s been a considerable buzz around two new social networks: Quora andNamesake. Both networks have promise as platforms for engaging in discussions. But both networks are really only getting the buzz they are because they’re exclusive. They’re filled with people who are in search of a place to have conversations that are free of the noise that they unknowingly created by getting caught up in friending and following everyone they could in the first place.

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