11 years is the average lifespan of an online empire

That leaves only three more years to update your Facebook status.


Dear Tom,

I know it’s been awhile, and I’m sorry we fallen out of touch. But I’m trying to move on, and though my new relationship is complicated, I think it’s something special with someone who has what it takes to last the test of time. I hope you understand, and I still want to be friends. You know where to find me. Just please stop secretly following me. It’s creepy.

All the best,

Alan

This is a scenario Tom Anderson of Myspace probably experiences regularly: People dumping his social network for the hottest new thing with legs on the digital block. And while this infographic shows that Tom’s network hasn’t completely collapsed, history suggests its days might be numbered.

According to CenturyLinkQuote.com, the average rise and fall of online empires is a mere 11 years. Myspace and Facebook were both founded in 2004, and their eight-year journeys have brought them to two totally separate places.

Justin Timberlake’s attempt to bring sexy back to MySpace aside, do either of these two social networks—or any of the companies listed below—have what it takes to endure a fate different from their fallen Web counterparts?

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