Newest Review: ... 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 f... more
Contextually it is pretty useless now
Member Name: shaneo632
Advantages: Was once great
Disadvantages: Not useful anymore, fees
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.
Summary: Facebook killed the Friends Reunited star