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Submission + - Is There a Secret Sauce for a Hit Social Network? (socialcomputingmagazine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: People hungry for social interaction on the web currently have a near boundless choice for their communal appetites, but this article in Social Computing Magazine notes that is increasingly difficult to launch a new one and achieve any real traction with it. The article chooses Virb as an example of one that's waned after a momentary spike, while Facebook continues its meteoric rise, causing recent speculation that it may even replace email. What makes FB a potential killer app and Virb an also-ran – what's the present consensus on the secret sauce for a globally successful social network?
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Submission + - Message in a Bottle

theodp writes: "At the Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills, where rooms start at $500, the minibar in all 196 rooms contains six bottles of Fiji Water. Back in Fiji, where a state-of-the-art factory spins out more than a million bottles a day of the hippest bottled water on the U.S. market, more than half the people do not have safe, reliable drinking water. Fast Company takes a look at the economics and psychology of America's $15 billion-a-year bottled water business, and what it says about our culture of indulgence. Perhaps you'd enjoy a $55 bottle of Bling H2O while you read it."

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