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So I'm going to go to My Space." For Friendster then, it was not about a decline in users, but an inability to grow as fast as competitors.
Olsen, who now runs a consultancy for Web and mobile companies, gives a presentation about the lessons learned from the front lines of Friendster at different conferences from time to time.
On the list were some notable also-rans, some forgotten also-rans, the now-second most successful social network, some blogging platforms, and a dating Web site.
Needless to say, the online world was a very different place a decade ago.
Tier 2 featured Tickle, Ryze, Classmates, Match, Xanga, and topping the list of second class social networks, a little-known company called Facebook.
Social networkers of a certain age remember Friendster, the then-Mountain View, Calif.-based site that launched in 2002 and allowed users to fill out an online profile and connect with people they knew in real life.
The site lives on today as a Malaysia-based social gaming site, but in 2004 it ruled the social-networking world.
"Whenever I speak to entrepreneurs, they always ask me what mistakes [they] should try not to make," he said.
"I actually think that the thing is, you're just going to mess up all this stuff, and we have [as well]." Every social network that ultimately succumbed to Facebook made its share of mistakes. Nor did it expand its feature set to give its users more to do.