The world map of social networks

Data Junkie: The world map of social networks – Valleywag

Let’s play global domination. Here’s a map of the world, showing the dominant social networks by country, according to Alexa. There are way more players than anybody, from a vantage point in Silicon Valley, would expect. In the US, the story of social networks is this: there was Friendster, which had no purpose but dating and didn’t scale; then Myspace, which gave people freedom to make ugly personal websites; and then came along Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, which was classier.But other services, such as hi5.com, Bebo, Orkut and Friendster itself, have established, and maintained, footholds outside the US. Unsurprisingly, social networks, which let people share news, photographs and other content with their friends, benefit from network effects. A dominant local site, such as Orkut in Brazil, can hold off the competition because it’s the default, and nobody wants to migrate to another site, however much more advanced, if their friends won’t follow.

World map of Social Networks

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