November 12, 2003

Fact Checker: White Courtesy Phone

From the current issue of TIME, re "cool inventions," there's an article about Friendster.com, in which author Anita Hamilton says,

"There are plenty of Friendster knockoffs, such as Ryze.com, Tribe.net and Meetup.com."

That's just flat-out wrong. Ryze, for one thing, has been around since October 2001. Meetup launched in June 2002. Friendster was founded in 2002 and launched in March 2003. Tribe launched in July 2003.

If anything, Friendster is a flat-out knockoff of Ryze, which in turn owes a lot to the good ol' SixDegrees.com founded years earlier.

Where do they get these "journalists" anyway!?

UPDATE 13 Nov 2003 -- 2:42pm: After writing the above I emailed Time magazine to alert them to the error, and today I got an email from Anita Hamilton saying that the online version of the print article, which is what I saw, differed from the print version of the print article, and that what I saw had been put online in error. She said that a new version was going up to replace it. I just checked. Yup, no more mention of "knockoff". Now it says:

There are plenty of other networking sites, such as Ryze.com, Tribe.net and Meetup.com.

All's well that ends well.

Posted by brian at November 12, 2003 07:51 AM

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