June 2007

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Bathroom Graffiti Project

Some social networks are beautiful in their simplicity and focus. The Bathroom Graffiti Project might just be one such network.

They are using one of the many themes we offer to quickly and easily make your network interesting, which I think makes it look pretty darn clean without any work. They don’t really need fancy design. The photo slideshow speaks for itself:

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Flexibility vs. Ease of Use

True software platforms serve many different constituencies. That’s the point of creating a platform. They are programmable. Anyone can use them to create exactly what they want. As a result, programmable platforms can be used successfully by companies, start-ups, and individuals alike.

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Wakefirst: The Wakeboard Capital of the Internet

Wakefirst.com is the self-described the wakeboard capital of the Internet. From playing around on it, I certainly believe them.

Nick Murto and crew have done an outstanding job creating a phenomenal experience for wakeboarders and the people who love them. They have great focus and have done a really nice job integrating their branding throughout, including using their own domain name, adding their own favicon, and selling merchandise.

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Ask Ning: Can You Scale My Network?

Network Creators love to ask us whether the Ning Platform can scale a social network on Ning to millions of people and page views. It’s a great question.

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Above The Line

AboveTheLine.TV is awesome. It is a social community for music video directors, the music video production community at large, and music video fans. The site was created in association with the reality show, “Above The Line: The Search For America’s Next Music Video Director.”

Here’s a fantastic video introduction, (note the branded video player):

A few other things I really like about AboveTheLine.TV:

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How Many Are Too Many?

It is an accepted view among many Internet pundits that there are simply too many social networks out there today.

To underscore my point, The Times UK Monday reported a study that people using one-size-fits-all social networks exhibit “chronic unfaithfulness” with respect to these networks.

No kidding. What did you expect?

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