There are, by my count, something like a gazillion social networks. There have been over 2 million created on Ning alone. But that isn’t to say that you can’t start a successful social network project catering to a well-defined niche or by bringing something new to the table.
One current trend is to help people take online connections and move them offline – kind of like online dating but without the kissing and cuddling. CribSocial is a site that’s very much in that vein.
Although keen to “live an adventurous life and tryout things like skydiving, bungee jumping”, site founder Ravinder Virk quickly realised that his circle of friends didn’t share his passions. So, he set about creating a simple site that would help him, and others like him, connect with likeminded people offline.
The idea is simple enough. You add an activity (say, dancing or rock climbing) on the site and tag it with information including your location etc… Visitors to the site can then search for activities listed by others, again based on criteria like the kind of activity and where it is.
Of course, there are plenty of other ways to do this online too. You could join (or setup) a Facebook group, find lots of people to connect with and then move those interests offline. You could arrange a group activity on MeetUp and do it that way.
It’s certainly not a guaranteed winner, but what CribSocial may have going for it is that the intention is clear from the outset – to find people with similar interests to share offline activities with.