Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Friendster and Twister

Academy Girl has posted what I think is the cleverest description of Friendster I’ve ever read:

It’s like Twister, but you don’t actually touch anyone!

The only problem is . . . how does it eventually just collapse and end?

To paraphrase T. S. Eliot, it ends not with a bang (or a crash to the floor– this is one of those examples of a digitally-enabled social network that can expand far beyond the capacities of physical networks) but with a whimper (people decide it’s not fun to play any more).

Ironically, VCs are now taking note of the space.

2 Comments

  1. I JUST WANNA INFORM THIS WEB’S OPERATING MANAGER THAT THE WEB THAT YOU MADE WAS QUITE IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT YOUVE MADE A FAKE ONE, SO PLEASE STOP FOOLING US!!!

  2. As the kids say these days, “wha?”

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