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November 05, 2014

#Trending: What’s your Friendster story?

It’s not yet Thursday, but Filipinos went on twitter yesterday to remember what what was their to-go social networking site years ago: Friendster.

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April 30, 2011

Have you exported your Friendster account?

Earlier this week, Friendster announced that they will be deleting all blogs, photos, comments and groups created or uploaded on their site. They then asked users to export them before May 31.

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May 18, 2010

Seven Years of Social Networking

I still remember the day I opened an account on Friendster — it was September 2003 and a friend created an account for me. I wasn’t really into the idea but eventually got the hang of it. Seven years have passed and a lot has changed — yet, the fundamentals of social networking remains the same.

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April 27, 2009

Facebook users showing signs of inactivity?

While there’s a lot of talk about the new web-darling Facebook and its apparent overtaking of MySpace as the largest social networking site in the world (over 200 million), there’s this lingering question whether Facebook will be the next Friendster.

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August 16, 2008

Why Blogger isn’t that popular in the Philippines?

During a cocktail party held yesterday for several folks from Google Asia-Pacific, the Product Manager from SEA asked me this — while blogging is huge in the Philippines, why isn’t Blogger enjoying the same popularity? I gave him some figures off my head as he wrote it down. And here are some reasons why.

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May 28, 2008

Does your company encourage Social Networking?

A story from the Business Week reveals that IBM has been encouraging social networking among its employees with in-house versions of Web 2.0 hits such as Facebook and Twitter. A lot of companies are into corporate blogging already but social networking is another story.

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May 10, 2008

Universal McCann’s Social Media Research

I was sent this PDF file containing Universal McCann’s Social Media Research for March 2008. The research surveyed 17,000 internet users in 29 countries. It’s an 80-page report that covers topics on blogging, online videos and social networking sites in general.

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February 29, 2008

Friendster Philippines is looking for Senior Product Manager

Friendster ain’t dead yet. They’re actually looking for a Senior Product Manager in their Philippine office here in Makati. That’s according to a recent job listing on

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February 26, 2008

World Map of Social Sites

Ever wondered which countries or regions which social networking sites are popular? We know Friendster is still #1 in the Philippines; but what about the others?

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January 29, 2008

New Freindster Phishing Site Uncovered

A reader emails in and points to a new site he accidentally stumbled while mis-typing Freindster instead of Friendster (a popular social networking site in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia).

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March 08, 2007

Friendster gets some Google lovin’

Friendster has really followed in the foot steps of MySpace and snag a crucial partnership with Google. My post on PTB has the details.

Google is turning out to be the great savior for dirt-cheap but massive traffic destinations. See, if it weren’t for Google Adsense, social networking sites like MySpace and Friendster would have vanished a long time ago.

Looks like, I’ll be getting more Friendster invitations for a little while longer. :D

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February 14, 2007

Could Friendster win you an election?

That’s what senatorial candidate Chiz Escudero is trying to find out. Check out my short entry on PTB: Friendster, an unlikely internet election campaign arena.

It made me more curious what Regnard said in his talk about “Winning the 2007 Elections in Cyberspace” last month in Ateneo.

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November 17, 2006

What’s next for Friendster & 5 Web 2.0 Ideas

I’m in a blogging binge.

Just read the latest two entries I wrote over at PinoyTechBlog:

I just can’t get it over with that Friendster split-up and even our sources can’t squeeze much out of the parties involve. Still, it’s a shame that despite 5 Million Friendster users in the Philippines, they can’t make a profitable business out of it.

Does this not spell doom to the rest of sites running on the same eyeball model? Will PEx finally be the next victim? I hear they’re struggling to even buy a new server for the website.

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May 22, 2006

Does Friendster profit from the Philippine mobile market?

Om noticed that Friendster is gaining some momemtum recently. I checked Friendster’s AdBrite stats and it indicates an average 11 Million pageviews per day from 510,000 uniques with majority of the traffic still coming from the US then followed by the Philippines and Malaysia. He thinks this growth/popularity still cannot be monetized and asks “What if Friendster could work with a local mobile company in Phillipines, and did a Friendster MVNO?

A Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) is a mobile operator that does not own its own spectrum and usually does not have its own network infrastructure. Instead, MVNO’s have business arrangements with traditional mobile operators to buy minutes of use (MOU) for sale to their own customers.

As far as I can remember, there’s Friendster Mobile which has been available about a year ago thru Globe Telecoms and Smart Communications. Users are
charged Php 2.00 to Php5.00 per message (~$USD0.04 – $0.10). The revenue sharing between the telco and Friendster would still be in the area of 60% and 40%, respectively.

But does it work (read: earn)? I don’t think so. Even at that rate, it’s pretty damn expensive to use Friendster Mobile than just going to the net cafe and spend Php25.00 an hour to surf. Besides, I suppose these Friendster users would rather use the load credits to directly text chat their Friendster buddies.

Meanwhile, Friendster Classifieds is still looking for a good business model.

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November 17, 2005

Friendster up for sale?

From hoop’s blog, is the popular social networking site which every online (well almost) Filipino love, looking for a buyer?

The San Francisco-based company has hired Montgomery & Co., a boutique investment banking firm in Santa Monica, Calif., to find a buyer, CNET has learned. Company executives have been talking to several Internet media companies about an acquisition, according to those sources.

Friendster spokesman Jeff Roberto declined to comment for this story. A spokeswoman from Montgomery said the company could not confirm nor deny whether Friendster is a client.

Earlier this year, Friendster was shopping for a buyer, and according to one source, it was looking for a sale price in the ballpark of $200 million. Now its price has been lowered to the range of $50 million to $100 million, the source said…

… Friendster recently reconfigured itself as more of a dating or personals site, and it has added features like blogs and photo sharing. According to its Web page, the site has roughly 21 million members.

Just like pancakes — sell it while it’s hot! With all that uncontrollable porn pictures and dating/escort requests, they’re better off selling it.