The Social Networks That Failed

Gizmodo’s Whitney Kimball explores the history of failed social networks (e.g., Friendster, MySpace,, Path). “Their obituaries tell us what we already know — that your feed could look a lot more interesting, more avant-garde, joyous, local, intimate, kinky, weird, and hilarious — and yes, scarier and even more hateful than it does now — thanks to varying degrees of censorship, cross-platform embeds, aesthetic customization, technopanic, and algorithm-free zones.”

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