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A Social Network Way Ahead of Its Time

Published on January 12, 2011
by Scott Austin

At some point in our lives–perhaps bleary-eyed while watching an infomercial at 3 a.m.–we’ve all probably shouted out, “I thought of that years ago!” Most of us, however, never actually acted on our instinct to, say, create a blanket with sleeves or an exercise weight you shake.

But three old college pals can make the claim–and back it up–that they dreamed up the idea for a college-based social networking site, and for a short time ran it, years before coeds began “friending” and “poking” their pals on Facebook.

No, this account doesn’t center around Cameron and Tyler Winkelvoss, the notorious twins who claim Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea while at Harvard and created what’s now a company valued at $50 billion.

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