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Facebook, of course, famously started in CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard dorm room and absorbed the university's student body as its first market.

"Whenever I speak to entrepreneurs, they always ask me what mistakes [they] should try not to make," he said.

"I actually think that the thing is, you're just going to mess up all this stuff, and we have [as well]." Every social network that ultimately succumbed to Facebook made its share of mistakes. Nor did it expand its feature set to give its users more to do.

"When you control your roll out like that, you can control scale." Friendster, Olsen concedes, was plagued with technical problems due to the fast growth of the site.

He remembers getting e-mails that said, "I love Friendster, but there has just been one too many times where I couldn't log into my account.

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Still, he's made enough good moves to render the bad ones ultimately inconsequential.

Of course, you stay on top by neutralizing potential threats.

Social networkers of a certain age remember Friendster, the then-Mountain View, Calif.-based site that launched in 2002 and allowed users to fill out an online profile and connect with people they knew in real life.

The site lives on today as a Malaysia-based social gaming site, but in 2004 it ruled the social-networking world.

From where Olsen stands, the most masterful thing Facebook did while growing the site was having an effective launch strategy.