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The BIG social networking sites: Are they as cool anymore?

times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find
themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer
(Quote by Eric Hoffer)

Big social sites in decline?

The Wall Street Journal reports there is “a fringe of Internet users now renouncing MySpace and other social-networking sites – not in spite of their popularity but because of it.”

Because of that, and because the Journal reported that traffic at MySpace and Facebook’s fell 4% and 12% respectively in September, a blogger at MediaPost asked, “Are kids getting sick of MySpace and Facebook?” and a blogger at MarketingShift wrote, “MySpace will become like the mall to a teenager on Friday nights. It’s too crowded so nobody goes there anymore.” I don’t think it’s that simple. Growth on MySpace and Facebook *had* to flatten out, but I don’t think we’re going to see anything like a mass exodus to niche sites any time soon. I think geographically-based social sites or YouthNoise.com or sites for new-school skiers or skateboarders are just another arrow in teens’ social quiver. It’s hard to move entire peer groups from one social site to another, and – until all the niche sites are interoperable with email and IM, there will always be a need for one that aggregates friends, potential friends, and even ex-friends who might come back into the circle at one’s school.

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