Rap star 50 Cent's social networking site, ThisIs50.com, has reached 160,000 members. The staggering popularity of his site will no doubt inspire more artists to branch out beyond myspace and to create their own social networking websites.
Using the network as a tool, 50 connects with his fans and is able to notify them about upcoming events, downloads, merchandise etc.
He's not the first star to launch a social network. We first featured Kylie Connect back in November 2007: