Friendster autopsy Why did the founder of the social network die


Friendster is often considered the originator of social networking sites,

Why did

‘s social network die? Some archaeologists in the Internet industry have studied the remains of Friendster, allowing us to become more aware of the cause of death.

Friendster was once the darling of social networking. Google wanted to spend $30 million to buy it as early as 2003, but because of frequent failures and the rise of rivals such as Facebook, the site ended in 2006. Nevertheless, push in the Southeast Asian market, it still linger living a few years. Later, in 2009, a revision completely destroyed it.

David ·, a professor at the

Institute of technology in Swiss Confederation, argues that Friendster’s ending is a bit like "directional demolition", and that loose friendships soon disintegrate in Garcia’s Garcia. Garcia recently collaborated with others on a paper that analyzed the demise of Friendster.


Friendster had more than 100 million users at most, and a revision in 2009 completely destroyed it,

was back in line on Friendster’s website in 2011 as a gaming site, and Internet Archive crawled away from the already destroyed social network and left a snapshot. Garcia and his colleagues used these "directional blasting" snapshots to carry out the analysis. They believe that, for the Internet industry, this is both a archeology, but also an autopsy.

they found that by 2009, Friendster still has tens of millions of users, but the social networking relationship is no longer close. Communication between users has declined dramatically, and friends have become increasingly narrow. The relationship between users and the social network is becoming increasingly loose, so when the site is revised, they don’t think it’s worth wasting their energy on.

researchers say the mass evacuation of users is difficult to avoid when the cost and effort of a member of the social network costs more than they can get. When a user leaves, then his or her friends are likely to leave, so that the entire social network will fall like a waterfall.

but Garcia and his research partners also point out that the topology of the network provides some resilience for this fall. The resilience depends on the number of friends each user has.

if most of the users on the social network have only two friends, it has no resistance in the face of such a crash. Because when a user leaves >

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