Facebook and Twitter are for the cool kids. But outcasts need places to hang out, too. Discover the Lambda Lambda Lambdas of the Web.
Successful social network giants have helped stitch together the fabric of the Internet. But there’s a whole slew of niche nets that dwell in their own dark corners. Take the strange case of YouFace, a social network launched last month by Uzbek businessman Ayubhon Abdullaev, that mimics Facebook in every respect … except for constant patriotic Uzbekistani quotes on every page.
YouFace, which is not a brilliant 30 Rock throwaway gag, is also reported by Global Voices Online to have nebulous ties to Uzbekstan’s government.
But borderline copyright-infringing Facebook clones aren’t the only bizarre social networks out there. Some, like those weird prehistoric deep sea fish with the glowing orbs dangling off of razor-toothed faces, thrive in unique ecosystems–like South Korea or Latvia. Others serve audiences with particular needs or those with faces that look even scarier than the aforementioned prehistoric fish–we’re talking about Insane Clown Posse fans. Juggalos.