Tech Skeptic's 2004 forecast skewers social networking sites Friendster and Plaxo

There’s nothing like a little humor to burst an overly-hyped bubble. So check out Tech Skeptic’s Fearless Forecast for 2004, in which he skewers, among other things, Friendster:

Friendster, the leader of the social networking phenomenon, becomes withdrawn, angry, defensive, moody, and erratic, leading sites one degree away from Friendster—Tribe.Net, LinkedIn, Craigslist—to stage an intervention. Friendster couldn’t deal with its surging fame and became addicted to prescription painkillers it got from Rush Limbaugh when he signed up. And he had said that he was “just here to help.” That enabling behavior meant Friendster never had to confront that it was never really interested in making new friends as it says on its profile. Its true desire had been to find “activity partners,” if by activity you mean finding gullible young hipster wannabes to sign up for a thinly disguised dating service in the hopes of making money off of them later.

and Plaxo and GoodContacts:

Contact-freshening services Plaxo and GoodContacts experience explosive growth as folks realize that signing up is the only way to stop those annoying e-mails from people they cannot remember who are asking them to update their contact info. Once other tech companies see their success, this particular brand of “annoyance abeyance marketing” sweeps the Internet and soon Amazon and Google and all the rest are devising ways for us to pay them to stop bothering us.

Too funny!