Thursday, 28 October 2010
The Return of Frienster, can Vritual Reality and Gaming Bring It Back
So friendster is back, with a clear orientation to the Asian market. That is cool, Facebook is a bit to white American/European for me. Facebook's rise was predicated on being, until 2007, the site for those in America with the money to go to college. When Zuckerburg's class graduated they were the first generation to grow up with the World Wide Web and they formed the basis of a specially American way of using the net.
But anyone who does Virtual Reality can tell you that here is another Web out there in Asia. If Second Life had been founded in Asia it would be worth billions right now. Asians have embraced virtual worlds far more than European and Americans. Some cynics say that is because life in Asian developed economies is so banal and difficult they craze escape in to fantasy worlds.
What ever the reason friendster is worth checking out to see how a social network with virtual worlds at its core looks. With facebook starting to kind of show its age perhaps we are looking at the true Social Network of the future, one that is more multi-cultural, with gaming and virtual reality at its core rather than tacked on to it. And with more interesting things than just building a farm.
Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life