5 Pre-Facebook Social Network Flops
5 No, It’s Not Some Strange Mythical Tolkein-esque Beast
But something called “Orkut” might as well have been straight out of “Lord of the Rings,” because it certainly never worked here on planet earth. Orkut was one of Google’s many failed forays into social networking. Those guys are great at search and all sorts of Web apps and programs, but they just can’t seem to bring us together! Orkut launched in 2004 and, for some reason, became a hit in Brazil and India, but that’s about it.
4 Connection Lost
Never heard of ConnectU, huh? You’re not alone. But it was almost the site that became Facebook. In fact, it was the site that Mark Zuckerberg, the cutthroat wunderkind behind Facebook, of course, was supposed to be creating for his Harvard classmates, the Winklevoss twins. Zuk went rogue and headed off on his own, leaving ConnectU to connect … no one.
3 Enough About Your Life, Let’s Talk About Mine
The site MyLife.com now asks you to sign in via … Facebook. This decade-old site was launched with the goal of helping long-lost acquaintances reconnect, which is indeed a fine enough concept. The only real problem was that one year after its founding, that whole Facebook thing was launched. Within a few years, FB blew past MyLife.com, usurping its popularity and its purpose.
2 Looking for a Friend
If you are looking to meet some new friends, why not try out this site called Friendster.com? Because it totally failed as a social networking site and was then re-launched under the same title as a site for online gamers and/or dating? And because unless you are a resident of Southeast Asia where Friendster.com remains popular, likely no one within thousands of miles of you is using the site? OK, those are good reasons.
1 The Once and Almost King
MySpace is still around, but that’s probably news to just about everyone. MySpace came before Facebook and was briefly the torch bearer for the then-fledgling idea of online social networking. But due to lack of coherent design and direction, and no thanks to a series of corporate buyers who lacked the vision to revive it, it just kind of watches from the wings today.