I joined this site around 3 years ago as I thought I may be able to find some old school friends and I when I registered the site and placed my name on my old school lists I was amazed how many people I knew, I thought just a few would be on the list but I found some I knew very well and others I knew just by name.
It can be found at www.friendsreunited.co.uk .it is free to join, and if you see someone you know or think you know, you can send them a message and they will receive an email via the site, so it is safe and if someone ever sends you the same, it shows in your inbox that it is from the site too, so you can safely open it.
Within the first couple of days of my registration I had 5 emails, from some old friends and I sent a few to people I knew and within a week, when they came online they answered my contact.
I had a couple of friends actually come to meet me and we had a drink and chat and have kept in touch ever since, we all had changed a little over the years but it was so much fun catching up on the old days.
On the site are other things to look at such as old work places where you have worked and you can place your name on that list in the same way as the school one.
It is not just friends reuniting from school it is for work and colleges also.
I went to a reunion for one of my old schools last year and it was absolutely brilliant, I did not think I would recognise anyone as it had been over 36 years since I had left that particular school but I recognised so many people it was unreal.
I was so happy I knew what they have been doing in their lives and how much they have achieved, although I had not achieved so much as I have been ill for many years and life has sometimes restricted me but I have done well too, I think so and so did they when we swapped stories etc.
Many have had children and many had worked abroad and come back home.
On the site there is also a section where people have put on old photos and there are chat section to join a group chat, also there are blogs to take a look at.
You have a profile and you can write a little about what you have been doing over the years in the space provided and also if you wish you can put your photo, to display to everyone, but this is not essential, just an option.
I really do recommend this site to find old friends you have lost touch with over the years and hopefully meet and continue to go forward in your lives together again.
I am hoping to go on another reunion this year, if all goes to plan with another school I attended.
I give it a 5 star.
Thank you for reading my review.
Like other reviews have commented on here, Friends Reunited is a site that began as a lovely idea and did quite well for a few years, but since the genesis of MySpace and particularly Facebook, has been absolutely outfoxed and rendered entirely obsolete. I haven't been on this site in years and never really intend to go back to it.
The idea was, at its inception, rather good indeed; it was a social networking portal that could be used to reconnect with old school mates, from those who left fifty years ago, to kids who left last week. A large part of its user base was older people, who could meet up again with friends they had decades ago, but of course lacked the technology at the time to keep in touch with them as we are fortunate enough to be blessed with today.
The site is a bit shrewd, though, as it operates like an advert-free business more than modern networking sites, for to get the e-mail addresses of some users you would have to pay a subscription fee, nominal though it was. This, combined with many other factors, has caused it to decline significantly in recent years despite a heavy advertising campaign that included TV advertising. With the onset of Facebook, Friends Reunited is utterly, utterly left biting the dust.
As a product of its time, it worked great; I met up again with quite a few friends from school that I'd lost touch with, and quite a lot of people used to be registered on it, but with the huge proliferation of Facebook in recent years, which so many more people use, it's difficult to, under this new context, really praise it anymore.
A few years ago, I decided to join friends re-united, in the hope of maybe getting in touch with friends from the past. Although I still live in the same local area where I attended secondary school, before that my dad was in the army, and we moved around a lot, often at short notice .
You don't have to be a member of the site to search for people you might know - you can simply search for the name of your school (It's not just schools though , but football teams, workplaces, choirs) or by the name of the person you're trying to find . I found it relatively easy to find my schools, but I ran into some difficulty because of the fact we so often moved at short notice . With school classes being grouped by the year of leaving, I actually couldn't remember what year I'd been at which school for my really early days.
I did however manage to track down a friend from primary school in Germany, and also someone from another primary school I attended in Oxford .
So, finding someone doesn't require being a member - but contacting someone does . You used to have to pay for membership, but that is no longer the case, so signing up is a simple matter of providing a few details and clicking a link in a confirmation email . Details it asks for include schools attended and leaving year, which obviously are used to help people track you down.
I exchanged a few messages with my old friends , and also had one or two try and contact me . However, I found the system a little clunky - I kept getting emails from friends reunited whenever someone new signed up from one of my schools, and it got annoying to I filtered them to my junk folder, which of course meant I missed new message notifications .
It was interesting being able to see how people I had known were getting on, and what they were doing with their lives- many had long passages of narrative on their profiles, some even including recent pictures of themselves, of their kids, or even old school photos .
I think, when it came about, Friends Reunited was a brilliant and novel idea, and really was quite a unique website . However, with the advent of social networking sites, in particular Facebook, it is now incredibly easy to get in touch with old friends without needing a seperate dedicated site to do so .
With Friends Reunited, I got in touch with perhaps 4 friends over 3 years of using it. With Facebook, I signed up, added the friends I was currently in touch with, and then saw faces I also knew popping up in their friends list - I've gotten in touch with lots of people this way, and I'm flattered that some people have gotten in touch with me too .
I'll give the site it's credit - it is nicely designed and visually pleasing, with some useful functions , such as photo albums , sharing events and forum facilities . I also like that it is possible to search by workplace, or in the case of armed forces by regiment . But really it offers nothing a social networking site doesn't offer, and in fact offers less.
I'm afraid that while years ago I might have given the site 4 stars, to be honest I think it has now outlived it's usefulness, despite the brilliance of the idea behind it .
2 stars is the most I can give, awarded for smooth design and simple layout, and for the fact that in its day, it really was a very good site .
Friends Reunited was launched primarily as a way to find long-lost childhood friends by signing up with your details and "adding yourself" to your old schools, universities and workplaces. You can then browse through other people who are listed at these places and get back in touch with them. When you join, you create a profile which describes what you've been doing since you left school, whether you're married, have kids etc. There are other fun profile questions such as whether you have pets, where you've travelled to in the world etc. You can create "friends lists" where you add people you're particularly keen to keep in touch with and you can create news flashes and announcements, which are visible to people who are linked to you because you've attended a school or workplace at the same time. Friends Reunited has grown even further now than matching up old friends, with the arrival of interest-based community message boards and chat rooms. So not only can you hook up with old friends, you can even find new ones!
I remember first signing up to this website in about 2001. It was quite a fledgling site at the time with only a few thousand members (if my memory serves me right). Over the coming years it received more and more publicity on the radio and tv, encouraging people to make contact with old friends from school and university. This had the desired effect that millions of people signed up, and this made the site very popular.
The site allows people to create a profile. This starts with your age and DOB, along with the schools that you have been to. This allows others to search you by name or school year. A fantastic idea. Going back a few years the only way you could actually contact others though was through the site itself. This cost about a fiver and this is how they made money to run the site. I have never actually contacted anybody through friendsreunited but I know those who have. All I have done is read about how others have got on since leaving school. Interesting to see how the school bully ended up being a nurse, and the big fat lad ending up running for England in the Olympics - of course I'm only kidding but you get the idea.
The country's largest commercial broadcaster bought Friends Reunited in 2005 for £120m, which has been rapidly superseded by the likes of MySpace and Facebook.
ITV bought Friends Reunited for a whopping 120 Million in Dec 2005, with another fee of upto £55 Million before 2009, depending on performance. In the six months to June 2008 the website pulled in revenues of £10m. However this had declined on the year before and is likely to do so in the future with competition from the likes of facebook.However it appears that Friends Reunited are not going to take this lying down. They have since added Genes Reunited, Friends Reunited Dating and Friends Reunited Jobs.
Personally I think that Friends Reunited has seen its best days. Much of the information refering to pupils is out of date, and it no longer has the same appeal to me as it once did. It is rumoured that ITV are looking to sell it.
I have very mixed views on Friends Reunited
Firstly, despite being a member for probably 8 years apart from reuniting myself with my partner Sue I have never actually been contacted by anyone from my school, college or polytechnic/university. Guess that tells me something!?
When I first joined, e-mails to other members were nigh on impossible and whatever you wanted to do it came with a price. That to an extent still happens, but the emphasis seem to be moved to their dating service.
There are a number of members from my old school and college that I remember, but none of the friends that I was hoping to see. Sure I remember many of the names, and what happened years ago, but they come up with some remarkable stories that make me wonder if they were really the people I knew or whether they just made it up to give them something to say on the site instead of being bored as hell.
So where are the friends and acquaintances, I guess I'll never know for certain, but I think a lot of them either have better things to do, or were members and found the service lacking.
However, you see it, I can't complain as it's how I found my former girlfriend (now my partner) after 20 years - but how as she never went to my school, college or university, so how did it happen?
Friends reunited is a website that lets you find out what all your old school friends are up too. It also allows you to see what other groups of people from your past are up too.
You don't have to join the site, you can just look at people from your past by either typing in there name or typing in your school name, however if you then want to send someone a message you have to become a member. Membership is free however and you don't have to give too many details.
When you join you enter the schools and college you went to and the year you left and how old you were when you left, this then adds you to the list of school members from your year (I also joined a group for a night club that closed down some years back.)
I joined but now only go on it every now and again to see if theres anyone new on it, you can fill out a profile and write a little bit about your self for others to read, I didn't do this because I don't like people from my past knowing anything about me.
Truth be told all I found was a load of people who talked about how great there life was and how much they had achieved, all bragging about how wonderful life was after leaving school. I found it very fake and quite laughable.
In my opinion you are never gonna be reunited with a true friend on friends reunited, these people are no longer in your life for a reason and I think its best to keep it that way.
Now Hewitt, I know you asked for some extra time for your homework but I think 30 years is a bit excessive don't you?
I remember well the buzz which was generated when this site first came into prominence. It must have been around 2000 and goodness what a great concept. The idea is very simple. The site is a means of getting in touch with old school friends.
From my point of view it was fantastic to re-aquaint myself with old chums from Primary School and Secondary School (trust me, that was more than a damn few years ago now!) As the site evolved they added extra elements such as contacting people where you live and where you used to work.
Most of the people I contacted were happy to say how well life had treated them and on a couple of occassions I did actually meet up with said old friends. To be honest though, I found that whilst people did say hello they didn't say much else after that. I wonder if that is the norm as I guess my old mates have their own new set of friends and families to take care of.
There's also the facility to recount your old memories. Isn't it great when someone stirs up some long buried memory in the back of your mind? I've added a few anecdotes of my own on there.
Then there's your old teachers. Unfortunately I never had the honour of contacting any of my old tutors but seeing their names and what they used to get up to brought back a smile or two. I remember quite a bit of controversey a few years back when old pupils used to criticise their old instructors. I guess it's natural but there were a lot of hurtful comments flying around and my school's inmates were also pretty scathing.
I don't think that's so much of a problem now and the threat of litigation I'm sure has put paid to a lot of that nonsense. Still, I'm sure we all had old nicknames although I won't put any on here...(they're a bit too rude!)
Unfortunately for Friends Reunited the advent of Myspace, Facebook and Twitter has eroded their individuality. It forced them to waive their membership fee (a good thing) and to up their game. I have to be honest though, since Facebook, etc (Where you can set up groups for your school,etc) I seldom go onto Friends Reunited. At first, I was on there almost every day!
In my opinion this is still a useful site. However, the social networking sites which have come along since have diminished its standing hence the three stars rather than the five it would have got five or six years ago.
friendsreunited.co.uk is an online website which allows you to be reunited with friends that you may have lost touch with. This can include people you went to school, college, university with or people that you have worked with but since lost touch with.
The site is very simple and easy to use. It's well laid out, you simply visit the website and then you can create your account and add information about yourself by building a profile. This can include a picture if you want it too and you can add your school, uni, workplace etc and then begin your search for people that you may once have worked with.
I used to use this site quite frequently to look up people I once went to secondary and primary school with, however, over time, I have found myself more and more drawn to Facebook as this way I can find somebody on there that I know for definite and then I can trawl through their friends list and see if there was anybody else that I knew and then just add them.
If somebody contacted you on friendsreunited.co.uk in the past you may have had to sign up to one of their subscriptions in order to be able to see the message that they sent to you and to swap e-mail addresses etc. I found this to be quite expensive and I did once join up at around £8.00 for a year just so I could read a couple of messages from an old teacher of mine (I did feel that it was worth it).
However, the site has more of a facebook feel now. You can send people private messages for free and you can add a status (up to 140 characters) so this means that you can just log in from time to time and post a little snippet about yourself.
I do not use this site regularly now as everybody that I want to speak with is mainly on Facebook so I can just do everything there in one place. For this reason I am rating the site 3/5 as it, for me at least, has passed its day and I don't see what they can do to try and draw me back to the site.
When I left college all those years ago, I lost contact with the majority of my friends, and now only know the closest of my friends. When I came back home, I had already missed my school reunion, and so I decided to sign up to friends reuinted. You can search for your old friends using this website for free, and if you want to make contact with them, you need to pay a fee. At first, it seemed as though nobody was on here, but after a little harder searching, I found quite a lot of my old friends.
At first, I thought that this site was quite good, but to be honest this site is just the same as the likes of Myspace, with one main difference in that you dont pay to use this service. You have the same funstions and more, so I stopped using Friends Reunited, which is what a lot of other people have done by the looks of it.
In an attempt to bring more people back to this website, they have reduced their fees quite a lot, but this still doesnt make it any better. My advice would be to use Facebook or Myspace for free instead of paying the fee's on Friends Reunited.
FreindsReunited was the first of the social network sites to really take off in the mainstream and back in the day had everyone logging in to find old friends and new! Unfortunately for FriendsRenunited those days have gone and they have since been taken over by a plethora of other social network sites which are not only more easier to use but also now have a lot more active members, these sites include the likes of MySpace, Facebook and Bebo.
FreindsReunited was the first site of its kind and like other sites of its kind allows members to search for people they may have lost touch with or people who they don't know but have common interests. However unlike the other now more popular sites this site used to charge you to email or contact other members. Even though it was a small fee this fee was the primary reason for this sites downfall.
After FreindsRenunited had become a household name the other social network sites came onto the scene but this time they were 100% free to use and you could contact other people for free! This is when the majority of people logged off and switched their loyalty and surf time as the free membership meant more members. The site has since dropped its membership fee which shows how much it was holding them back but this had had no effect on getting people back onto the site. The site now has very little traffic which makes its pretty pointless as a social network site.
FreindsReunited was once the household name when it came to finding old and new friends but it has lost that and it would take a big innovation to get people back which I cannot see happening!
Friends Re-united is a website that allows you to find friends/family/work colleagues from your past (providing they have registered on the site themselves). This site has now been going for many years, although recently it has had to revamp itself as its popularity appears to be decreasing.
Once you register (this is now free), you have the option of creating your own profile with photo's and personal information on site. You can also start searching for and sending mail to those who you find.
Personally I find the layout of the site a little confusing, and it takes too long to dig up some of the information you want to find. Saying that, it is a useful way of tracking people down and making contact with them. Another benefit of this site is that it allows you to look others up, without necessarily having to create a profile of yourself. Perfect if you want to have a nosey at others, without revealing anything about yourself - though personally where is the fun in that!
Due to its decreasing popularity I find that people tend to join and create a profile, then do nothing else. Of course at any time you can update your profile, but not many people seem to do this - so often the information you read is out of date. Its a shame, but I think newer sites such as facebook seem to becoming more popular social networking sites.
Overall worth joining for an initial nosey, but unlikely to be a useful long term option.
I stumbled across Friends Reunited literally as it was first online. I think I was about the 200th person ever to find it. At the time I was the first person to register for my school year but was amazed at how quickly this great site grew and grew.
Let's face it, Friends Reunited was the first big social network which really took off in this country, and within 2 years almost everyone I knew was on it.... and what a fantastic site it was for finding and keeping in touch with old school friends.
I even organised two fairly big reunions almost solely using this website.
At the start the subscription a year was £5, brilliant value I thought at the time... and it was. But that was before Myspace, facebook, etc came along and proved you don't need to charge users a fee to use a site like this and keep in touch with friends and family.
Friends Reunited really did miss a big trick when other social network sites took off, they continued to charge a fee and offered nothing new for many years, so despite a fantastic idea and website, with millions of members, hardly anybody was using the site.
Even now I log in every so often and find that nobody updates their profiles, nobody keeps their information up to date and basically nobody is using Friends Reunited... not in my school year anyway.
Which is a real shame because had Friends Reunited dropped the yearly subscription charge to send messages, far more users would have remained on the site and stuck with it.
I've been on the net almost since day one and I've realised that internet users will find a website they like and stick with it if it's popular. It doesn't really matter how good or user friendly most sites are... If it's popular and being used then users will stick with it.
You only have to look at how users have gone from Friends Reunited to Myspace and now onto facebook for their social network fix.
After visiting the site for the first time in a while yesterday it is clear that Friends Reunited have made some nice changes and updates, but in all honesty it really is too little, too late. I get the impression that users who found the site in the first year and older users will stick with it, but having a quick look at my school year yesterday it was clear to see that 90% of my old school friends have not logged in for over 2 years, which kind of renders the site useless for getting in touch with old school friends because so few members update their email info so don't even read any message you might send.
At the moment I am organising a 20 year school reunion for my year at school. A few months ago I sent out bulk emails to all old school friends I have listed on Friends Reunited (115 ex pupils) and facebook (58 ex pupils) to tell them about the reunion, asking anyone interested to reply.
My responce?...... 52 replies from facebook and 4 from Friends Reunited.
Admittedly around 30 of these were listed on both sites, but it just goes to prove how few people now log in and check messages/update their profile on Friends Reunited.
It is a shame that the website seems to have lost so many active members. Even looking at my entire school message board, photo board, memories board the posts are few and far between (i.e. Not a single post so far in 2009).
When I first signed up and for the first 3 years or so I found I would get messages daily from old school friends and general old friends. which proved just how popular the site was and how many members had actually paid for the service, now... despite the site being free, I've had 6 messages in the last 2 years.
I've read members complaining on the net that Facebook and Myspace ruined Friends Reunited but that's absolute rubbish, what ruined the activity of Friends Reunited (As I still believe it's a popular and well known site) was the simple fact that the website never acted on their past success and their millions of members.
It's a real shame to see such a huge, ground breaking website seemingly losing a lot of former loyal members, but they only have themselves to blame by not making the most of their success 3 or 4 years ago.
Had they offered a free service and taken more notice of what sites like Myspace were doing I believe they would have kept and expanded on their active member base, rather than be in the situation they are now... where they still have millions of members listed, but members who rarely, if ever log into the site.
All those years ago when i discovered friends reunited i was so excited.. i found all these old people i went to school with and could have a nose and what they were upto... then after a while it got dull.. i ran out of people to look up.. no one ever updated their profiles.. it costs a membership fee to send people messages so i stopped visiting the site..
Then i discovered facebook which is amazing.. you can keep up with what friends are doing, find nearly anyone you could think of!
However lately friends reunited have updated their website to make it look like facebook.. they obviously had to otherwise they wouldn't keep afloat, they dropped their membership fees.. but unfortunately i think it was a little too late.. facebook as taken over and is the place to be, its a shame friends reunited didn't stop charging years ago.
ITV missed a trick with this one when they decided to purchase it for millions of pounds. You can't simply purchase a website, stick your logo on it; and expect it to generate money. When it first launched in 2000, everybody who any anybody was accessing Friends Reunited and checking out what their friends were up to. By and large though, that was it, you couldnt do anything else; unless you paid a small fee...by which time, you thought was it actually worth the trouble.
Why they didnt make their money through advertising I shall never know because by 2006, they lost out to Facebook, which took the world by storm. Friend Reunited had no staying power, no reason for people to return to the site. Attempts to turn the site around seem misguided and desperate. The fee for contacting members has preditably disappeard but nothing will tear people away from social networks sites that easily.
It was a nice little site in its day - novel, exciting and new. However, perhaps it was the small team running it which led to the lack of input and editorial upkeep. In the internet world, people get vory bored, very quickly. Rest in peace in Friends Reunited.