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TechCrunch50 Conference Rocks The Cradle with Four New Social Networking Sites For Kids

1 Comment 08 September 2008


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Four companies are gearing up to address the needs of a younger generation of social networkers by presenting their ideas at this year’s TechCrunch50 conference. Here is a list, in no particular order, of social networks aimed at kids under 18, that will not only teach but entertain as well. CNET News reports:

iThryv was pitched as a banking site for kids. Like the game Spore, you start out small and things get more complex as you grow. When you’re younger expenses are tracked with big, colorful graphs. Later in life it gets more complex to include things like car and college payments, all the way to budgeting and savings.

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Hangout.net is yet another virtual world. Kids can design their own virtual pad and adorn it and themselves with real-life products. These items reside in their online home, and all link back to online stores that sell them.

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Blah Girls, in the words of its celebrity founder Ashton Kutcher, is a “dynamic, interactive, celebrity pop culture environment” played out through the eyes of three fictional characters. It centers on a Web video player with the three stereotypical children literally blahing about the latest celebrity gossip. Intermixed are asides the likes of Family Guy.

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Tweegee is a virtual world that mixes e-mail, personal organization, and Flash gaming. It centers on an anime-like avatar that users build part by part. Likewise they can use a similar building tool to make their own hosted site that comes ready-made with templates based on what the kids are interested.

It sounds like TechCrunch50 is off to a great start with new and innovative sites being presented and obviously kids under 18 are no exception when it comes to a target audience. By tapping in to the content that a younger crowd commands, these companies will be able to generate advertising dollars that an already saturated, interactive, adult, market may not be able to offer.

In all honesty though, do we really need another celebrity gossip site? And one for young girls? Come on, Ashton, use those wonderful parenting skills that I read about all the time in People magazine and realize there is already enough gossip going on in school, do we need another website for that?

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