Before Networking Was Social: Ten Early Social Websites That Are Dead or Dying

Social networking today is a foregone conclusion. Many of us wake up and check Twitter on our smart phones or pull up Facebook on our laptops. We surf YouTube videos in our spare time, find dates on Match.com and spend hours reading music, politics, health and life on blogs all over the web.

What seems commonplace today was born out of years of missteps and failed attempts. In ten years, some of the sites we consider a part of our daily lives today will be like the list we offer you today. These were the websites that started it all for social networking and are either dead or withering on the vine. We're guessing Facebook won't join them, but considering a few of the names on this list and their one-time dominance, you never know.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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