Can Social Shopping Finally Take Off?

Some companies still trying to integrate social networking and e-commerce

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Analog shopping is inherently social. There’s the flea market stroll, the girls’ outing, and the time-honored encounter with a mall Santa. But e-commerce, a category that’s expected to reach $200 billion this year, has yet to reap full benefits of the social networking revolution. The two seem as compatible as reindeer and sleighs, yet the universe is littered with proof of awkward pratfalls.

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