Based in Shanghai, 5j5x is another Chinese family-centered social network aims to help users share their life with relatives and friends.

Many of us believe Social Networks are the big things in modern Internet, but the fact we have to be aware of is that the majority of users never or seldom contact their family members through Facebook, Linkedin or other popular social networks. So can we expect the Family-Centered Social Networks will get popular one day? It is probably just a matter of time.

Mail and phone call were the only ways to connect my friends when I left my home town almost 12 years ago. When Internet is available in campus, I started using QQ regularly. I also registered a couple of email addresses on different service providers, but never really used them until I had a Hotmail account, thanks to the Instant Messenger, MSN. I have to say the Internet life was pretty simple, reading news, checking emails and chatting with friends on IMs. There was one site called 5460.net I used to log in daily to check the status of my classmates, although at that time nobody regarded 5460 as a social networking web site. Now, the Internet is getting much more complicated and of course has more fun. I am a user of google, facebook, twitter, linkedin, hainei and many others,  and I use linkedin’s InMail, follow people’s tweets, use facebook’s web-based IM and so on. It took over 10 years for us to recognize that Social Networks might be the core service in future. The Internet is fast evolving and more and more accepted by people at different age, I think we have the reasons and need the patience to believe that life will be shared online with the family too.

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Dr. Gang Lu - Founder of TechNode. He's a Blogger, a Geek, a PhD and a Speaker, with passion in Tech, Internet and R'N'R.