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Thanks Chuck, Ken, and MaryLynn for the positive feedback! Glad you derived some value from the post.

MaryLynn, I loved your comment about how the post from someone you knew was more valuable! That's great meta-thinking, that is. And that in fact is exactly the point I was driving at - thanks for hammering it home.

Ken, I've only heard of Renren in passing, and would be curious to hear more. Naturally, the Chinese culture and society would have different norms than the Euro/American ones. I'm sure cracking the cultural DNA is a huge part of what would make a Chinese-centric social network successful. Just like Baidu vs. Google, I'm sure Renren would have an innate advantage which Facebook would find hard to mimic without on-the-ground folks, not just knowledgeable about Chinese culture but actually living and breathing it.

Let me know if you have any followup questions that I may be able to answer - or shamefully hang my head in professed ignorance. :-)

Best wishes,

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