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Friends Reunited comes up to date
Member Name: katew
Advantages: Great way to find out how your former classmates are doing
Disadvantages: Some people sign up but don't really add any details
I've seen quite a few reviews for Friends Reunited lately, but since it seems to have changed quite a bit recently, I'm going to write another one!
For those who don't know (if there is such a person), this site allows you to enter places from your past such as schools, workplaces and streets, and catch up with what people you knew are doing now. In the old version of FR, that was pretty much where it stopped. You selected your school, etc, and the year you left, and could see all your classmates listed. You could also post the odd photo, but if you wanted to contact anyone you saw on the list, you had to pay a fee to do so. You could also make a 'wee mee', which is a sort of cartoon representation of yourself.
What I think has happened now is that the owners of Friends Reunited saw the rise in popularity of sites such as Facebook, and decided that their site had very limited use in comparison. My opinion is that it was looking quite dated, and I wasn't using it that much.
New features have been added to address this issue. The first, and best known, one is that you can now contact people without having to pay a fee. This can be done in one of three ways: you can send a message, add a comment on their homepage, or leave a 'buzz', by choosing one of their default messages, such as 'just stopped by', or 'remember me?'. You can also add another member to your circle of friends.
When you log in, your personal page has now been updated to show profiles of people you might know, and latest news from people listed on your places.
Another new feature is the timeline, where you can add significant events in your life such as weddings, new jobs, etc, either by dragging them from a palette, or by creating one from scratch. These can then be edited to add details or comments.
You have always been able to add pictures, but you can now also add videos.
It took a little while to get used to the new format, but I now find the site much easier to use, with good navigation and a very clear layout. I feel now that it is more of a social networking site, but without the irritation quotient of Facebook.
Summary: Much improved version of Friends Reunited