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Swede launches site for net's 'top one percent'

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Swede launches site for net's 'top one percent'
07:09 CEST+02:00
Swedish social media entrepreneur Erik Wachtmeister on Monday announced the launch of a new social networking site targeting the "top one percent" of internet users, called Best of All Worlds.

The site, which helps users find events and contacts, counted 20,000 members even before its launch.

Wachtmeister, 57, created one of the world's first social networking sites, aSmallWorld, in 2004, the same year as Facebook. He left the company in 2008.

The site was dubbed the "MySpace for millionaires" by the Wall Street Journal and highlighted by Forbes magazine as one of five social networking site for the wealthy.

Best of All Worlds is targeting the same audience, he said.

"The top one percent of the online audience, people who are leaders in their field, investment bankers, PR people, media, fashion, government... It's not about jet-set or rich people, but sophisticated people who have good taste," he said.

"It's more three million people than a billion," he added, a reference to Facebook's announcement in July that it had more than 950 million subscribers.

Best of All Worlds helps users get in touch with each other to find what's going on where they are, which Wachtmeister said was an improvement on Facebook's service which "looks backwards (and) gives you unstructured information that shows what your friends have done."

Subscription to Best of All Worlds is by invitation only. Wachtmeister did not specify how or when the company would turn a profit.

Wachtmeister is the son of Count Wilhelm Wachtmeister, a career diplomat who served as Sweden's ambassador to the United States from 1974 to 1989.

AFP/The Local

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