Goodbye Friendster?

Admit it. Before Facebook, you were a regular at Friendster.com. You used to troll your friends’ profile and was mouse-clicking away to invite (was that the term?) more friends (or whatever is the Friendster equivalent to Facebook’s “Add a Friend” is).

I admit it.

Long ago, I used to have Friendster open on one tab all the time while I do other things on my computer. But then Facebook came. And I became a mainstay there.

I didn’t have a lot of friends at first because most of them didn’t sign up on Facebook yet. But t’was okay since I had Mafia Wars to keep me company. And then Farm Town (with some lame games in between).

Then my friends list grew longer and longer, and I have totally forgotten Friendster. I didn’t even know it introduced apps until I logged back in today.

One of the trending topics on Twitter – at least in the Philippines – was ‘Friendster’. And I was like, “Huh? It’s still around?!”

I read from Techcrunch.com that all user photos, blogs, and more will be deleted by May 31, 2011.

Apparently, the ‘Friendster mania’ a couple of years ago (wasn’t it way before that?), and they’re not making money anymore. So to catch up, they will will “upgrade their existing service into a more entertainment-focused one.” Hopefully, this move will attract new and existing users alike.

From Friendster:
We are introducing a new and improved Friendster site in the coming weeks. As part of this change, we will remove a number of social networking functions in Friendster. This includes your existing account profile, photos, messages, blogs, and shoutouts. However, your list of friends will be preserved, along with your basic profile information.

We understand that your photos, blogs and other private data may be important to you. An application is available in the “Apps” section of the site, until May 31st 2011, to help you download or export them securely to third party sites, such as Flickr or Multiply. The application is available here.

If you do not wish to keep any of these information, you do not need to do anything. Your Friendster account will not be deleted. Your Friendster Wallet, along with the coins and chips in it, will remain unchanged in the new site as long as you use your existing login details.

For more information on the Exporter app, please visit the Friendster Help page.

Thank you for using Friendster, we look forward taking you to a brand new Friendster experience very soon!

Well, I wanted to keep my old photos, primarily because I don’t know anymore where I kept my back  that I uploaded to Friendster eons ago. So logged in. And failed. And failed again. For the life of me, I couldn’t remember the email I used!

I had to search through 6 years worth of emails to find a clue. Finally I got it; next step was to reset the password (couldn’t remember the email used, how much more the password!).

Finally, I was in. I headed right away to the exporter app, and downloaded my profile and photos, as well as my blog posts. It took just a few clicks to get everything done. It was painless.

The new Friendster should be going live in the next few weeks.

As I logged out, I wondered if it was the last time “http://friendster.com” would be on my address bar. Well, we’ll see…

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