Friends Reunited branding was attached to CD collections of nostalgic popular music, and television programmes broadcast on the ITV network, which owned the site until August 2009.A book of members' stories was published in 2003 by Virgin Books, and a song about (and named after) the site was released by The Hussys in 2006.Friends Reunited was a portfolio of social networking websites based upon the themes of reunion with research, dating and job-hunting.The first and eponymous website was created by a husband and wife team in the classic back bedroom internet start-up; it was the first online social network to achieve prominence in Britain, and it weathered the dotcom bust.Some of us even chose to contact former adversaries.
“[But] for the site to continue it needs a complete rewrite and this is just not viable.Social networking was not even a term anyone used, but Friends Reunited grew very quickly to become one of the largest sites in the UK.” It did. In a newly technological era where no one, not even JR Hartley, used the phone book anymore, it took full advantage of the internet's ability to shrink the world until it was within everyone's grasp, and for a few years it managed, organised and compartmentalised our collective memory.Suddenly, all of us were revisiting old pals, if not to reconnect then to snoop.is, he says, “all about capturing key moments in your life – past and present.And then sharing them with just the important people who actually took part in those moments”.Join here for the latest on how people are making money – and how they're losing it.Identifying a gap in the UK market following the success of Classmates.com, Friends Reunited was officially launched in 2000. By December 2005, Friends Reunited had over fifteen million members and was bought by British TV company, ITV plc, for £120m. Friends Reunited bought and merged with Australian site School Friends in 2004.In the same week it was announced that the cast of Friends would be at least partially reuniting for television, the website Friends Reunited announced that it would be closing.This prompted one of two reactions among that generation of people for whom Friends Reunited blazed a trail in revealing the myriad pleasures of online activity (in other words, the over-35s): a keen sense of nostalgia for the site that first realised the potential in using the internet not merely for email (or porn) but to find former friends and rekindle old flames; and a certain surprise that the website had still been limping on at all in an arena long since reimagined by younger bucks with more appealing alternatives.Each site worked on the principle of user-generated content through which registered users were able to post information about themselves which could be searched by other users.A double-blind email system allowed contact between users.