Susseccful social networks

I just read an interesting post by Charles Miller The Fishbowl: On Social Networks .

He states that humans like connecting with each other and get joy out of building networks online.

“A social network without a compelling reason to bring people back to the site will have a massive churn rate, relying on a constant influx of new blood still in the network-building phase….Therefore, for social networking sites to maintain a stable population, they have to find some compelling application beyond just building a network.

Successful – long standing social networks such as Flickr, and Live Journal are networks based on functionality where the social network is secondary to the sites primary functionality.



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