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Autopsy of a dead social network

The MIT Technology Review looks at a digital ‘autopsy’ of Friendster, the grandfather of modern social networks.

Swiss information scientists discovered several factors that led to the collapse of the social network — namely that the benefit to users of the network became less valuable than the time they put into using it. That, combined with users who had small numbers of friends, led to a collapse.

It’s a fascinating summary, plus the MIT write-up has a link to the full study if you’re so inclined.