The Friendster Wake: Remembering the Late Social Media Site
Alas, poor Friendster, some of us weren't actually aware that you were still alive until we heard about your semi-demise. I'm really sorry about that, Friendster, because back in the old days when Facebook was still for those whippersnappers in college, Friendster was the social media site to connect with old friends and stalk ex-lovers. (That is, until you discovered that Friendster sent updates to let you know who was viewing your profile... yes, ex-boyfriend-who-shall-remain-nameless, I do know that you checked out my photos, sucker.)
But like Mark Twain, reports of Friendster's death have been greatly exaggerated. Friendster isn't closing down even though no one was aware that anyone else was even on it anymore. (When was the last time you heard someone say, "Friendster Me, okay?" when you bumped into them on the street?) They're erasing all of your left behind photos and blog posts. As of May 31st, all will be able to gawk at the virtual tumbleweeds blowing through the site which will be comprised of basic profiles and friend lists (you know, those friends you're no longer connecting with on Friendster). Friendster will reinvent itself as a place to play games and listen to music, using Facebook Connect (ouch!).
Still, a moment of silence for the late, great Friendster.
Because like Pac Man and Pop Rocks, Friendster is part of an era -- the foam on that first wave of social media sites on the Internet. Back when Facebook was closed to non-college students, Friendster was the place on the Internet where the post-college set met and found out what their best friend from nursery school had been doing all these years since they last saw them in the sandbox.
Everyone has a Friendster story, so pull up a chair and share your favourite Friendster tale, honouring this fine, early Internet social media site (may she rest in peace until her rebirth).
Photo Credit: GianCayetano.