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Friendster’s Failure

TechCrunch has an interesting piece on why Friendster failed where MySpace succeeded. I think the notion that Friendster’s bad architecture problem had a lot to do with it. Yes, it did suck and it was quite slow. However, look at MySpace – built on ColdFusion with significant failures of various functions. In my experience the site is ridden with bad code that doesn’t scale and lots of errors. The difference seems to me to have a lot to do with the basic point of the site. Friendster’s is a ‘who you know’ site, where MySpace is a ‘what you like’ kind of site. It’s just an impression, but Friendster networks are based more on actual real-world relationships, while MySpace networks seem to be based on common interests in music (particularly), sex, and film.

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