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October 2, 2008 at 2:39 PM

The most absurd social networks, including one backed with Seattle money

Yet another sign that the bubble has burst: Even glossy tech magazines are now making fun of the Web 2.0 cool kids.

Like PCMag’s new feature listing the 10 “most absurd” social networks. I’m surprised they stopped at ten.

Among the ventures on the list is Coolspotters, a celebrity fan shopping site backed by a bunch of Seattle investors.

Also on the list is Dogster, a network for dog lovers. It may sound absurd, but Dogster claims 750,000 members and monthly visitors.

Here’s the list, pulled from PCMag‘s blog-baiting press release:

1. Line for Heaven: LineForHeaven.com, a religious social network, allows users to bless others and be blessed in return, earn Karma Points to “touch” Heaven, and be forgiven for sins. Upload your photo, choose your religion, and confess why you’re worthy enough to enter Heaven.
2. ncludr: The “social network where everyone and everything is your friend” displays a complex “hyperconnected” network. While social networks typically let you create your own profile, ncludr uses a patented, synchronized algorithmic personal profile generator to automatically generate your profile for you.
3. Dogster: A social network for your dog? At Dogster.com, dog owners showcase their canines on profile pages, complete with the dog’s age, sex, favorite food and photos. While the site offers some useful information on breeds, grooming, and training, I’ll let my dog keep his anonymity.
4. Foretal: Can you predict the future? Foretal is a community for making and voting on predictions. If a prediction turns out to be true, the site’s administrators declare winners and losers, depending on how you voted.
5. Familybuilder: DNA-based social networking? Using your DNA, Familybuilder finds and connects you with relatives, building family trees across all the major social networks. By purchasing a DNA kit, you can discover your genetic makeup, migration map, and receive a list of potential matches.
6. RedKaraoke: There’s a reason why karaoke is restricted to bars, but RedKaraoke.com still provides us with over 17,000 appalling performances on the Web, including 26 karaoke versions of Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” Best of all, users uploaded videos are subjected to community ratings.
7. Coolspotters: Coolspotters makes it easier to be just like your fav celeb. Catering to celebrity fanatics, the site shares the products, brands, and styles used by the rich and famous. Create a user page to share stuff you like or create a “spot,” recognizing a product or brand.
8. HotEnough.org: We don’t need a site that rates us on whether we’re hot or not. And yet, there is one. To get your photo posted on HotEnough.org, you must send three photos to be screened by the dating site’s editors. A score between 8 to 10 points earns you a spot on the site.
9. Geek Match Making: Geek Match Making is a dating site to find the geek of your dreams. Perform a quick dating search or utilize the SuperMatch Wizard, combining four matching types, to find your perfect mate. Download the chat app to monitor your contacts when you’re not online.
10. Kirtsy: Kirtsy.com features popular stories and articles on “girly” topics. It works just like Digg – users submit something they find on the Web and vote on the ones they like. Common topics are hip fashion trends and tips on losing weight!

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