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Bye Friendster account?

I'm thinking of deleting my Friendster account. My main reason is that it's served zero purpose for me thus far, they also just fired an employee for blogging/commenting about something that was already public. I wish I could say that I would be canceling to defend her right, but really, the event is just a reminder how irrelevant Friendster is (see their desperate pleas for attention). Also, in response, people have been posting account cancellation links, which overcomes my laziness to do something I should have done awhile ago.

I placed a question mark on the post title as I offer this as a last chance for anyone to convince me why I should remain on Friendster. Will you lose some valuable Friendster-rank? Will it sadden you to have one less testimonial? BTW - I'm keeping my Orkut account for now, as it would no longer be redundant.

Update: "Friendster account is dead, okay?" No one rose to the defense of Friendster (not really surprising), so the account is now dead. Don't be too surprised if you start see some of your old testimonials showing up on orkut, as I'm not creative enough to write new ones.

Comments (8)

Michael Rubin:

I remember when Friendster started. Everyone was telling me what a complete tool I was to not get an account. I was even told once that my lack of a friendster account was the main reason I will never be a silicon valley success.

I admit I was curious but outside of getting laid or as some odd popularity contest, I never saw the point. So I told myself to wait a year and see if it becomes useful or just a petered out fad.

IMHO it appears to be the latter.

mhr

rcp:

it seems to me that the craze has died down. i am going to delete my account as well.

kwc Author Profile Page:

Friendster was always my least favorite of the bunch -- it's only real virtue was that there were a lot of people on it. It was interesting for awhile as people actually signed up for it and you would find yourself connected to people from college/high school, but now that very few people are signing up for it there is very little entertainment/use left in it for me.

Is Orkut a good service? It never hit my social group.

Ken:

Orkut is only marginally better than Friendster. Feature-wise, it's only real distinction is that it has communities, which are often a good way of locating friends (my high school and college both have communities). UI-wise, it has better DHTML widgets, so it feels more interactive.

Its main advantage used to be that it was leaps and bounds faster than Friendster, which meant that you could actually browse your social network. Nowadays, it's starting to suffer the same growth problems that Friendster did. Also, Friendster has done a lot to speed themselves up.

The only other distinction I can think of is that they cover different social groups. More of my college friends are on Friendster; more of my Bay Area friends are on Orkut.

brendan Hayes:

Friendster was always my least favorite of the bunch -- it's only real virtue was that there were a lot of people on it. It was interesting for awhile as people actually signed up for it and you would find yourself connected to people from college/high school, but now that very few people are signing up for it there is very little entertainment/use left in it for me.

tess:

you bunch of losers! no matter what you say! all social networking sites started off with an idea like of a "friendster". Friendster fad didnt died down as far as social networking status. In fact in the coming years it will become stronger and most talk about site, most visitors that any social networking site! Myspace is fad just for now!

yus:

i still using friendster to keep contact with my friend

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