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Friendity closing down

I just received an email stating that Friendity, the german social networking platform by Stefan Smalla and Seyed Razavi, will close its doors on April 27th.

I guess that says that they, too, have not found a business model. Deja vu.

Funny enough, the signup on the site still works.

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  1. Stefan; Sorry, I didn’t want to discredit your business model. But: if you can’t get enough people to sign up, that also means lack of business, no matter how good the model with lots of members looks like.
    The point I was trying to make was that none of the social networks has yet managed to come up with a successful (i.e. money making) model, and that yours – as much as I would have liked to see it succeed – is sadly among those.
    I mean, if Orkut can’t pull it off, that surely isn’t a good sign. Maybe it’s just a case of too much bleeding edge, but I also fail to see how this will work. Maybe now that you’ll be closing it down you can tell us a bit more of the business ideas behind it?

  2. Well, we agree on that one: If demand is not there, there is no business. Doesn’t mean the business model in itself wouldn’t play once you got demand. I am very sure Friendster will show how it’ll be done. Keep in mind that when you build an airplane, you ain’t having any revenues for the first ten years of the projects either. ;-)

  3. Well, we agree on that one: If demand is not there, there is no business. Doesn't mean the business model in itself wouldn't play once you got demand. I am very sure Friendster will show how it'll be done. Keep in mind that when you build an airplane, you ain't having any revenues for the first ten years of the projects either. ;-)

  4. Sorry I sounded snippy above. I didn’t mean it. I just wanted to reiterate that our dropping out shouldn’t discredit all the other players in the sector. There is always a high probability that we simply screwed up, right?

  5. Sorry I sounded snippy above. I didn't mean it. I just wanted to reiterate that our dropping out shouldn't discredit all the other players in the sector. There is always a high probability that we simply screwed up, right?

  6. Again, I have no doubts that you have a valid business model in mind. It’s just that as I haven’t yet seen proof of one in any of the other projects (including Friendster), I am still not personally convinced there is one at all. So, I’ll be waiting until the first one to reveal a business model convinces me. Go ahead and try – I’m easy :)

  7. Again, I have no doubts that you have a valid business model in mind. It's just that as I haven't yet seen proof of one in any of the other projects (including Friendster), I am still not personally convinced there is one at all. So, I'll be waiting until the first one to reveal a business model convinces me. Go ahead and try – I'm easy :)

  8. Actually, it really says what it says in the email: We did not have enough members. No problems with the business model though. Circulation just too low.
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  9. Actually, it really says what it says in the email: We did not have enough members. No problems with the business model though. Circulation just too low.
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  10. Stefan; Sorry, I didn’t want to discredit your business model. But: if you can’t get enough people to sign up, that also means lack of business, no matter how good the model with lots of members looks like.
    The point I was trying to make was that none of the social networks has yet managed to come up with a successful (i.e. money making) model, and that yours – as much as I would have liked to see it succeed – is sadly among those.
    I mean, if Orkut can’t pull it off, that surely isn’t a good sign. Maybe it’s just a case of too much bleeding edge, but I also fail to see how this will work. Maybe now that you’ll be closing it down you can tell us a bit more of the business ideas behind it?

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