1) My Space traffic down year over year - yes down - Rupert Murdoch worries about web strategy somewhere (remember Friendster's law of social networking - traffic rolling downhill tends to accelerate)
2) My Yearbook.com takes off where a less friendly Facebook and less inviting MySpace leaves a vacuum
3) bebo unsuccessfully tries to unseat the dominant two in North America
4) The mainstream professional world starts waking up to LinkedIn and LinkedIn starts waking up to social networking tools and tactics
5) Fubar - like the movie, apparently you'll love the online happy hour bar - this one was a surprise to me
6) Ning - is growing but needs some help getting return visitors to its microcommunity network - seems like a smart company will just offer white label services of what Ning already does. Yuku getting in on this game too.
7) Classmates.com - yawn, when is this thing going to be replaced by something else - 755 members from my high school, 27 from my graduating year - mostly useless info (you're a fool if you pay for this) ...have a feeling this site is built on the stilts of prom night and how everybody will stay in touch with each other and never do
8) Twitter nation is a small but high frequency horde, breaks into the charts this year but will it ever go mainstream - I have my doubts unless it can explaining its value better
9) Cafe Mom - watch out for this one - the key to the world's most important conversations and the door to 80% of our household's purchases...
10) Black Planet - torn on this one - great so many African Americans can find their home here within social networks, bad that it might not be so popular if the racial divide playing out on the 2008 election stage wasn't so wide. Is this playing out in Asian online neighbourhoods too?
11) Orkut - at over 15 visits a month and growing at 70% - a high frequency hardcore still remains on Google's social networking answer - don't have a clue why - people with South American friends?