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    Friends Reunited website to close after 15 years

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      Friends Reunited website to close after 15 years

      Friends Reunited website to close after 15 years | Technology | The Guardian
      Though it has been around since Mark Zuckerberg was just 15 years old, one of the original social networking websites is to close

      Friends Reunited
      was a pioneer of social networking when it launched in 2000, but on Monday founder Steve Pankhurst announced its closure.

      In an emailed entitled “the sunset of an era”, Pankhurst wrote that “the world is now a very different place” and that Friends Reunited is no longer able to compete with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

      The site, Pankhurst writes, still has a “handful” of users but that its continuation would not be viable.

      “It is clear that the site is no longer really used for the purpose it was built for … therefore, it is with a heavy heart, that we have decided to close the service down.”

      Pankhurst, who co-founded the service with business partner Jason Porter, was approached by Friends Reunited’s current owner, comic producer DC Thompson, to buy the site back. A trial takeover period did not prove successful.

      In 2005, Friends Reunited was bought by the broadcaster ITV for £175m ($250m) but was later sold to DC Thompson for just £25m in 2009.

      The site will remain live for another month to allow users to download photographs they may have stored on the service. Whether anybody will be able to remember their passwords is another matter.

      People have reacted to the news of Friends Reunited’s demise with a mixture of nostalgia and snark on Twitter (welcome to the internet):

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      Pankhurst’s new venture is a network called Liife, which will allow users to plot key life events on a chart. Although in a post on Medium, he admitted the idea was “not unique”. However, he hoped the greater element of privacy specific to the service would prove popular.


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      Re: Friends Reunited website to close after 15 years

      Going by the reaction here no one seems that bothered, but I think it's a bit of a shame. I have caught up with old friends on there that I have never managed to find on the likes of Facebook etc, people don't seem to put the same amount of detail on FB about there past like old workplaces schools etc etc which makes it more difficult to find people sometimes, and some just don't like all the dross on FB so don't go on there. Friends Reunited is a proper reuniting site as its name suggests I guess.

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      Re: Friends Reunited website to close after 15 years

      I think that Friends Reunited was very good when it was first launched.

      As you say, there is a lot of rubbish on FB. It is also very invasive.

      Sadly Friends Reunited dropped from the headlines. I don't recall seeing it mentioned for a few years now. With that comes a slow decline as only existing users stay and new ones don't find it.

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      Re: Friends Reunited website to close after 15 years

      They should never have sold out to ITV. At that point it was no longer run by an enthusiast and lost its way.

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      Re: Friends Reunited website to close after 15 years

      Must admit I was one of those that registered many moons ago when it first started.
      Think I created a profile and then never used again.
      Not sure they ever encouraged me by ever sending any emails about the service.

      As for facebook, no thanks!

     

     

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