RIP, Friendster...as we knew it, at least. This morning, TechCrunch revealed that formerly popular site, Friendster, was officially moving from its social networking platform and into a "social entertainment site for people to play games and music, and that it will leverage Facebook Connect."
Users (people are still on Friendster?) were notified earlier to download their "Friendster Exporter" app to save their profile pictures, information, blogs and testimonials before May 31st, when everything uploaded by members would be deleted. Users (no, really, people are still on Friendster?) would still be able to log into their accounts but the focus on the site would be for sharing "entertainment and fun"...whatever that means. Porn?
I'd like to have a moment of silence for Friendster, which was formerly one of the most popular social networking websites out there--and for some, the very first venture into the world of oversharing personal information and stalking everyone else that you hate.
Friendster, I know you'll still technically be around but it won't be the same. Thank you for paving the way in redefining what friendship means in the online world. Before your site, being friends with someone entailed actual physical interaction but with you, we were able to establish relationships with the click of a button. Your "testimonials" helped boost the the self-esteem of countless members and you leveled the playing ground when it came to popularity, because anyone could be your friend! Facebook was mean and exclusive at first, but you welcomed us with open arms. And how else would women today know how to properly take and upload flattering self-portraits? Thanks for all the memories.
Feel free to share your own Friendster stories as I wipe the single tear from my face.