As I have recently helped layout part of a social network for a client which will debut in a month and as I am currently laying out a social network of my own. I’d like to share some things I have learned about social networks in my time on the internet.
Friendster and Orkut:: That the rest of the world likes social networks too. Just not social networks filled with dirty Americans.
LiveJournal: That people like to share their journals with other people and cause a lot of drama in the process.
Myspace: A social network designed to teach you how to highlight text so you can read it and give you seizures at the same time. Also that if you’re really really lucky, you might just get a date. Why am I not in your top friends anymore Tom?
Facebook: The antisocial social network. Where you need to be friends with someone before you can know anything about them.
MyMiniLife: That social networks don’t just have to be about pictures, comments and status updates. They can be sim city games too.
Okcupid: That dating sites are better as quiz sites then dating sites.
PlentyOfFish: That even free dating sites don’t get you any dates.
DeviantArt: That art and social networking go great together. So long as the art includes lots of nudity and hand drawn pictures of furries.
Flickr: People like drawing lots of boxes on small pictures.
Twitter: I’m updating my xanga blog. Now I’m taking a crap. Now I’m cooking dinner. Check out this cool pic. Hey look at me. Look at me. Oh crap I’m running out of charac..
Xanga: That there are girls on the internet that will actually talk to you.