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279,801 ({{as of>201711 PUBLISHER= ALEXA INTERNET, 2015-03-16, PUBLISHER=GOOGLE.COM ACCESSDATE=2011-11-02, }}Friendster was a U.S. social networking site based in Mountain View, CA, founded in 2003 by Jonathan Abrams. The company was sold in 2015 and became a social gaming site based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was originally a social networking service website.Eric Eldon, August 4, 2008. "Friendster raises $20 million, nabs a Googler to be CEO" VentureBeat. Retrieved December 4, 2008.Gary Rivlin, October 15, 2006. "Wallflower at the Web Party." New York Times. Retrieved December 4, 2008. Before Friendster was redesigned, the service allowed users to contact other members, maintain those contacts, and share online content and media with those contacts.WEB,weblink PDF, Friendster at a Glance document,, yes,weblink" title="">weblink July 31, 2009, The website was also used for dating and discovering new events, bands and hobbies. Users could share videos, photos, messages and comments with other members via profiles and networks. It is considered one of the original social networks.WEB,weblink May: Month of the Internet Rapture – TNW Social Media,, May 20, 2011, 2011-10-22, After the relaunch of Friendster as a social gaming platform in June 2011, the number of registered users reached over 115 million. The company operated mainly from three Asian countries: the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, and over 90% of the site's traffic came from Asia. As of 2008, Friendster had more monthly unique visitors than any other social network in Asia.ComScore Press Release, June 30, 2008. "India and China Propel Internet Audience Growth in Asia-Pacific Region, According to comScore {{webarchive|url= |date=May 5, 2009 }}", Press Release. Retrieved October 27, 2008.Ling Woo Liu, January 29, 2008. "Friendster Moves to Asia {{webarchive|url= |date=May 26, 2009 }}", TIME. Retrieved October 27, 2008.WEB,weblink, Friendster Is The No. 1 Social Network for Adults and Youth in Malaysia, April 12, 2015, {{webarchive |url= |date=December 19, 2008 }} The top 10 countries accessing Friendster, according to Alexa, as of May 7, 2009 were the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, South Korea, Bangladesh and India.WEB,weblink Site Info,, 2011-11-02, Friendster remained notably popular in Indonesia through 2012.BOOK, The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything, Saylor, Michael, 2012, Perseus Books/Vanguard Press, 978-1593157203, 129, 304, On June 14, 2015 Friendster, citing "the evolving landscape in our challenging industry" and lack of engagement by the online community, suspended their services.WEB,weblink – Living the Game, yes,weblink" title="">weblink November 20, 2002, Three years later, on June 30, 2018 it closed down as a company and eventually dissolved. On January 1, 2019, the web domain will be permanently deactivated until further notice.


Friendster was founded by Canadian computer programmer Jonathan AbramsWEB,weblink How to Kill a Great Idea!,, November 21, 2012, Chafkin, Max, in 2002, before the wider adoption of MySpace (2003), Hi5 (2003), Facebook (2004) and other social networking sites. {{webarchive |url= |date=September 16, 2008 }}Friendster was one of the first of these sites to attain over 1 million members, although it was preceded by several other smaller social networking sites such as (1997) and Makeoutclub (1999).The name Friendster is a portmanteau of "friend" and Napster. Napster at the time was a controversial peer-to-peer file sharing Internet service that was launched in 1999; by 2000, "Napster" was practically a household name, thanks to several high-profile lawsuits filed against it that year. The original Friendster site was founded in Mountain View, California and was privately owned. Friendster was based on the "Circle of Friends" social network technique for networking individuals in virtual communities and demonstrates the small world phenomenon. Friendster was considered the top online social network service until around April 2004, when it was overtaken by MySpace in terms of page views, according to Nielsen// went live in 2002 and was adopted by 3 million users within the first few months. Publications including Time, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, US Weekly and Spin wrote about Friendster's success and the founder appeared on magazine covers and late-night talk shows. Friendster's rapid success inspired a generation of niche social networking websites including Dogster and Elfster.Pete Cashmore, September 14, 2006. "Dogster’s Friendster for Dogs Raises $1M", Mashable.Liane Cassavoy, Monday, November 22, 2004. "Secret Santa Gift Swap Goes High Tech", Today @ PC World. {{webarchive |url= |date=July 6, 2007 }}Friendster had also received competition from all-in-one sites such as Windows Live Spaces, Yahoo! 360, and Facebook. Google offered $30 million to buy out Friendster in 2003, but the offer was turned down.WEB,weblink The Friendster Tell-All Story, TechCrunch, October 15, 2006, 2011-10-22, Friendster was then funded by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers and Benchmark Capital in October 2003 with a reported valuation of $53 million. Friendster's decision to stay private instead of selling to Google in 2003 is considered one of the biggest blunders of Silicon Valley, the Associated Press claims.NEWS,weblink Will Facebook hold out or sell out?, Associated Press, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 24, 2007, In April 2004, John Abrams was removed as CEO and Tim Koogle took over as interim CEO. Koogle previously served as president and CEO at Yahoo!. Koogle was later replaced by Scott Sassa in June 2004. Sassa left in May 2005 and was replaced by Taek Kwon. Taek Kwon was then{{when|date=March 2015}} succeeded by Kent Lindstrom, following a capitalization by Kleiner and Benchmark that valued Friendster at less than 5% of its 2003 valuation.In 2008 Friendster had a membership base of more than 115 million registered users and continued to grow in Asia.Press Release, October 21, 2008. "Friendster is the #1 Social Network for Adults and Youth in Malaysia", Press Release. Retrieved October 27, 2008. {{webarchive |url= |date=December 19, 2008 }} According to Alexa, the site has suffered an exponential decline in traffic in America since 2009. From a peak 40 ranking it reached 800 in November 2010. Most people have since attributed this decline to the rise of Facebook, a rival social networking site.In August 2008, Friendster hired ex-Google executive Richard Kimber as the CEO. {{webarchive |url= |date=December 19, 2008 }}Friendster {{webarchive |url= |date=December 19, 2008 }}Heather Havenstein, October 28, 2008. "Friendster Opens Platform to Developers", PC World. Retrieved October 27, 2008. Kimber focused on Friendster's expansion in Asia.Jessica Vascellaro, August 5, 2008. "New Friendster CEO Has Asia Focus", The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 27, 2008.On December 9, 2009, it was announced that Friendster was acquired for $26.4 million by MOL Global,NEWS,weblink Michael Tarkington, Friendship Valued at Just $26.4 Million in Sale, December 15, 2009, Tech Crunch, June 23, 2011, one of Asia's largest Internet companies.In June 2011, the company repositioned itself as a social gaming site and discontinued user social network accounts,WEB, Scott Steinberg,weblink Friendster Is Dead: Encourages U.S. Users to Move On, Rolling Stone, 2011-10-22, but Friendster accounts had not been deleted and users could still log in using their existing passwords. Users' contact lists were preserved, along with basic information. Friendster said that the focus would now be on pure "entertainment and fun", and the aim was not to compete with Facebook, but rather to complement it.WEB,weblink Friendster: It's a Facebook world | Latest Philippine Headlines, ABS-CBN News, April 27, 2011, 2011-10-22, On June 14, 2015, the site and all its services were shut down indefinitely, but the company continued to operate until the end of June 2018 and it would cease to exist as a domain name on January 1, 2019. Since then, the existence of the "Friendster" brand has vanished.

Financial history

The company was founded in 2002 with a $12 million investment by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Benchmark Capital, and private investors.Nikhil Hutheesing, March 22, 2004. "Corporate Inter-Face-Time." Forbes. Retrieved December 4, 2008.In 2003, Friendster management received a $30 million buyout offer from Google, which it declined.Friendster received another $3 million in funding in February 2006 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Benchmark Capital.Dawn Kawabata, August 21, 2006. "Friendless scoops up $10 million in funding." CNET News. Retrieved December 4, 2006. In August 2006, Friendster also received $10 million in funding in a round led by DAG Ventures, and Friendster announced in August 2008 that it had raised an additional $20 million in funding in a round led by IDG Ventures.Caroline McCarthy, August 5, 2008. "Friendster gets $20 million, ex-Googler as CEO." CNET News. Retrieved December 4, 2008. Prior to its acquisition by MOL Global, Friendster was backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, IDG Ventures, and individual investors.

Awards and recognitions

  • In July 2006, Friendster was awarded Key Social Networking Technology Patent. {{webarchive |url= |date=May 28, 2010 }}
  • In 2007, Friendster was selected by AlwaysOn Media as Top 100 Private Company Award Winner.
  • In April 2008, Friendster became a Webware 100 winner.WEB,weblink Webware 100 winner: Friendster,, April 21, 2008, 2011-11-02,
  • In 2009, the site was the subject of a satirical portrayal by The Onion News Network of the site's discovery as an archaeological relic, untouched since 2005.NEWS, Itzkoff, Dave,weblink Fake Area Newspaper Gets Real Television Show,, March 22, 2010, 2011-11-02, WEB,weblink The Onion Takes Friendster Down a Few More Notches,, 2011-11-02, yes,weblink" title="">weblink August 22, 2012, NEWS,weblink Internet Archaeologists Find Ruins Of 'Friendster' Civilization: The Onion (VIDEO),, December 16, 2009, 2012-11-21,


In November 2009, Friendster announced a global partnership with MOL AccessPortal Berhad (MOL), a leading payments provider leveraging a network of over 600,000 physical and virtual payment channels worldwide, to power the Friendster Wallet and a payments platform enabling micro-spending for over 115 million registered users on Friendster. The Friendster Wallet was designed to support a variety of payment methods including pre-paid cards, mobile payments, online payments and credit card payments.Friendster also has content partners such as game developers and publishers which provide monetization solutions on the Friendster platform leveraging on MOL's payment channels and Friendster's large user base.Sub-brands of Friendster include "Friendster iCafe", a cybercafe management system, and "Friendster Hotspots", a free Wifi infrastructure for retailers.


Available languages include English, Filipino, Thai, Malay, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Chinese (both Traditional and Simplified), Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Until September 2007, Friendster was available only in English. 10 new languages were added from 2007 to January 2009, with Filipino being the most recent addition. {{webarchive |url= |date=February 16, 2009 }} Users can also enter content on Friendster in any language.Friendster launched all language support on a single domain – Friendster was the first global online social network to support Asian languages and others on a single domain so that users from around the world were able to talk to each other. {{webarchive |url= |date=December 19, 2008 }}


Friendster has been an open site since August 2006 when it first began allowing widgets and content to be embedded in user profile pages through its developer program. Catherine Holahan, May 22, 2007. "Sharing the Widget Wealth." BusinessWeek. Retrieved December 4, 2008. In 2007, roughly 40% of Friendster's users had widgets on their profiles.Friendster gave software developers access to APIs that utilized content and data within the Friendster network to build and deploy customizable applications on and off Friendster. Friendster's Developer Program was an open, non-proprietary platform with an open revenue model.Lawrence Coburn, November 3, 2008. "Widget Summit: Hi5 vs. Friendster." Sexy Widget. Retrieved December 4, 2008. {{webarchive |url= |date=January 22, 2009 }}Friendster was the first social network to support both the OpenSocial and the Facebook Platform.In December 2009, Friendster relaunched its website with a new interface.NEWS,weblink Friendster Gets A Major Makeover, Calls Other Social Networks Plain And Boring, Robin Wauters, TechCrunch,


Friendster holds some fundamental online social networking patents:Caroline McCarthy, December 9, 2008. "Friendster awarded 'compatibility scoring' patent." CNET. Retrieved December 9, 2008.Eric Eldon, December 9, 2008. "Friendster nabs fourth social networking patent, dozen more pending." VentureBeat. Retrieved on December 9, 2008.
  • System, method and apparatus for connecting users in an online computer
  • Method of Inducing Content Uploads in a Social Network
  • System and Method for Managing Connections in an Online Social Network
  • Compatibility Scoring of Users in a Social Network
  • Method for sharing relationship information stored in a social network
In August 2010, Facebook confirmed that it had acquired 18 patents from Friendster.Liz Gannes, August 4, 2010. "Facebook Buys Friendster Patents for $40M." GIGAOM. Retrieved June 23, 2011.

Site transformation

In June 2011, Friendster shifted from social networking site to a social entertainment site with focus on gaming and entertainment. Previous users' accounts are unchanged. However, all the photos, messages, comments, testimonials, shoutouts, blogs, forums and groups that the users may have had in the past may no longer be part of their Friendster account. {{webarchive|url= |date=December 7, 2013 }} An exporting tool is provided to back up the information of the user account. This tool has an ability to export photos to Flickr and Multiply.The deadline given to users to export their photos was extended to June 27, 2011. Photos which were not exported before the deadline were removed and are no longer retrievable.WEB,weblink Please read before you post,, 2011-10-22, In the two months after the new Friendster relaunched, the site attracted more than half a million new users and included over 40 games. Daily and monthly active users increased by 50%, with more than 90% of new users coming from Asia.WEB,weblink New Friendster Site Gaining Momentum, September 14, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink February 5, 2012, At the end of 2015 Friendster closed after 13 years and 7 months.On July 1, 2018 it was officially ceased to exist as a company; and on January 1, 2019 the domain name will be permanently deactivated.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}}



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