An autopsy of a social networking site

This is causing quite a bit of reaction and is generat. It is an autopsy of the social networking site Friendster (thanks to David Hill for the link). It’s a really inventive study that uses data by products to understand how this particular social networking site died. In the early days of social networking sites Friendster got quite a few followers, particularly in certain national contexts. It then died out as other social media became more dominant. This then provides the researchers with a useful case study that can be used to show how interest collapsed and individuals moved their profiles elsewhere. It also shows, essentially, how cultural trends work and ultimately fail.

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