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Struggling Friendster recycles old invitations

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November 02, 2005

Struggling Friendster recycles old invitations

Stephen Baker

I feel betrayed by Friendster. A year ago, I signed up on the social networking site, and I recommended a few friends who might want to join me. They didn't pay much attention, and I never did anything of Friendster. Since then, Friendster has tumbled in popularity as other networks such as MySpace have grown. But in its hunt for new members, Friendster has dusted off my recommendations and reissued them to my friends. Who says I'd want to recommend Friendster now? And who says those people are still my friends? (They are, but I'm making a rhetorical point.) I feel as though I've aided and abetted a Friendster spamming operation.

By the way, a few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Friendster. Since then, a trickle of comments has continued to flow to that post. I have the sense that these are newcomers to Blogspotting, and I'm betting that there's only one post in the history of Blogspotting that they're interested in. (Please tell me I'm wrong, commenters!) In fact, the post serves only as a formal heading for a conversation they're having with their community. There are 36 comments there, and counting. A similar phenomenon has occurred at Tech Beat, where Rob Hof's post on the Freecycle Network has gathered 76 comments in the last two months.

I find this fascinating. It's like having a big party, and in one corner there's a lively group of people who don't have much to do with everyone else. They're welcome all the same.

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Yea..really things have changed at friendster. One time their servers could not handle the load of social networks ..contacting someone, who has ignored the invitation before is no good..contacting that person again after one way! What if those ppl don't realize it is the friendster who has taken initiative and not me trying something against my luck..please don't do it..

Stephen, regarding your observation that few of the old posts are getting popular..most likely reason will be search engines..those posts must have got on top in search engine results and all of a sudden got good traffic..

Posted by: getvendors at November 2, 2005 02:13 PM

Yeah, it was interesting, the same thing happened on a little post I did on Tulane and Katrina. It became a way for those people to get in touch.

Posted by: Heather Green at November 2, 2005 03:20 PM

After reading this post I emailed the friends who were contacted and dissed Friendster to the point of telling them to go to myspace.

Posted by: Mark Baratelli at November 2, 2005 10:22 PM

I had the same thing happening to this post ( in which I was complaining on the difficulty I had to buy SkypeOut credits with my credit card. Eversince, new comments are trickling in, every few weeks, as a proxy of Skype's forum.

Posted by: Jeff Clavier at November 3, 2005 03:36 AM

Friendster is a disappointment, I agree.

I just think the site is poorly designed. They could have streamlined it and made it much more user friendly.

They really blew a good option.

Posted by: Aidan Maconachy at November 3, 2005 01:20 PM

Friendster is a blight. Slow, unintuitive, clumsy to use. For the life of me, I don't get how investors can continue to invest in them.

Franjly, I think people will soon realize that social network or no social network, it's just not a good idea to have so much info about oneself on the Internet.

Posted by: Irina D. at November 4, 2005 04:10 PM

A few days ago I got an email with a Friendster friend's name as the sender inviting me to join her network. Well, I did so two years ago, and it seemed odd that she should generate it again. Now I understand that this was not a one time glitch. Thanks for the info.

Posted by: edwin at November 6, 2005 02:45 PM

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