ShoutCentral.com, which claims to have "over 1,000 users", has just sold their SNS for $13,800 on eBay. The sellers were originally after $15k, so it was close to what they wanted. This was the eBay auction write-up:Ever wondered what a MySpace-like social network site, which are seemingly a dime a dozen these days, is worth on the open market? Well the developers of
"Now is your chance to buy a premier social network already generating buzz around the Internet. With over 1,000 users and a completely custom coded network you can become the next Tom from MySpace!! I have spent the last year building this website from the ground up using PHP and AJAX on a MySQL backend and poured my sweat and tears working many a late night to add new features. The reason I am selling the site is due to my lack of time to update and improve the site. Hopefully the right someone can acquire it and continue to make the site better and grow the community. The code can be easily modified to add whatever you choose."
So $13,800 works out to be $13.80 per user (give or take a few users). As a rough comparison, at the time MySpace was sold to News Corp for $580M it had 27 million unique users - valuing the purchase at $21 per user.
But really 1000 users is a pittance in the world of social networks, so the purchaser probably bought it more for the technology. It would cost about $15k for a web design agency to build you a social network site - and ShoutCentral seems to be a competent design.