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Social Networks That Have Popular Potential

December 21, 2007

I’ve been using Social Networks even before I even realized it was called social networking. Today, there are many different social networks to choose from, and each one has different purposes and different uses. For example, Friendster and MySpace are focused on meeting new friends and reconnecting with people you’ve lost touch with. Then there’s LinkedIn, which is more of a professional social network. As more social network websites are appearing on the internet, I wonder which ones will stay around and which will fall off. I know that when I first joined Facebook, I wasn’t sure if it was going to last, but now it’s just as popular as MySpace.

As I notice more social networks becoming visible, I wonder if it will be the next best social network. Here are some social networks that I think have possible potential in becoming the next best thing.

43Things – 43Things is a social networking site that focuses on people who are goal oriented. Every member lists their goals and can see who else has listed that goal as theirs. I think it is a fun and different way to meet others in a way that you can discuss your similar goals with each other.

Pownce – Since social networking and microblogging, such as Twitter have become big this year, I think a site that brings the two together could definitely become successful. You can integrate your Twitter feed and customize the look of your profile, as well as add your friends to network amongst each other. I think Pownce has potential because many Twitter users share links using a shortened link service, such as or, but in Pownce not only can you share links in its full form, but files and events too.

Utterz – Utterz is so new that it doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry yet! I mentioned Utterz in a previous post, and I believe that this site has a lot of potential to being a very popular microblogging site in a voice, video and photo format since there isn’t anything out there like it.