evolution of social networking
Back when the 6 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon was the big deal, SixDegrees.com launched as (one of) the first social networking websites. Friendster was going to be the revolutionary next big web app (now patented), then Orkut (Google’s attempt), Tribe.net, hi5, LinkedIn, and many others jumped in. BTW, Social Software Weblog keeps up with trends and rumors on this front.
Then, out of the blue, latecomer MySpace.com emerges and becomes the multi-million-dollar social networking king, no need for first-mover advantage or web2.0-savvy quality-controlled software development. Who woulda thunk?
Christian social networking jump in too with Xianz.com (billed as the Christian alternative to MySpace) and InChristNet, and I hear there is a new one on the verge of launching called MyChurch.org. And, whatever happened to missionster.net (last that Google cache in April) and churchster.org (mentioned in September 2004)?