Position 1; Sembuse.com
Sembuse.com made an attempt for a slice of the social networking market dominated by Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter in 2009.
It devised itself as East Africa’s first mobile social network which allowed users to communicate 160 characters cheaply at 50 cents per message using the Sembuse Messaging Suite, a name conveniently coined to SMS in short. Mobile social network site claimed to support three languages—English, Kiswahili and German and had plans to launch in French and Chinese. Sembuse received publicity in local media including being named by Forbes magazine as an East African startup to watch. It was shut down in 2011.