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Do you agree? Is it harder to get and maintain network effects? Or was it never as strong as we thought?

the herd changes over time

The Internet makes switching costs very low. 

Definitely harder to get than we thought.

Also, easier to leave a network than previously thought.

Bottom line is, a service has to keep adding value.

If eBay, Paypal, Google, Facebook, or LinkedIn stopped being valuable, they would no longer have network effects. 

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