On a recent article, Bennett Carroccio from Andreessen Horowitz, identified the 12 fastest growing categories of social apps. These categories include Friend Discovery, Professional, Vertical Communities, Gaming, Money, Dating, Messaging, Music, Social Media, Local, Health/Wellness, and Shopping.

In his article, Bennett writes that “We [A16Z] believe an integrated social component will become a linchpin for emerging consumer companies.” Right on the money, with a big — audacious — caveat: ‘Social Media’ will not make the cut. …

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