Friendster apocalypse begins on May 31, all user photos, blogs and more to be deleted

1Friendster logo

Before there was Facebook, before there was MySpace even, there was Friendster. Jonathan Abrams and Peter Chin launched their social network in 2002 — not that we knew what such things were at the time — and the revolution that followed has gone on to change the world in some fundamental ways. As the first player on the scene, the service was quickly improved upon by the aforementioned competitors; people continue to use it, but in many ways, Friendster has grown outdated.

And it’s about to change.

The site’s registered members have been getting e-mails (via TechCrunch) informing them that large portions of user profile data will be deleted from the site next month, on May 31. A custom application has been created, which users are urged to install so they can back up their content.

The May 31 D-day will see all user photos, blogs, comments and groups wiped away, though individual user accounts will remain, as will basic profile data, friends lists and games details. The Friendster Exporter app handle the backup, allowing users to download their profile information or export it to portals like Flickr.

The changes are being made in order to pave the way for the next generation of Friendster, which the company offers a brief description on: “Our improved site is designed to create new profiles that allow you to connect differently with people and do things differently than other networking sites. Basically, the new site will complement your existing online presence in other social networking sites.”

Friendster is still quite popular, with more than 115 million registered users and the distinction of being included among the top 1,000 global websites. A large portion of the site’s traffic these days comes from Asia. Will any of the planned changes draw users in other parts of the world back? Time will tell. Facebook has carved out a pretty well-fortified niche for itself however; the thing about social networking is, once you’re set up, and all of your friends are set up, with profiles, why go to the trouble of establishing yourself elsewhere? The new Friendster plan, of complementing “your existing online presence in other social networking sites” is the right move. The “How?” is going to be what sells it or not in the end though.

The site re-launch is expected to go live in the coming weeks.

Product Review

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 2 launched last year, but already feels old

Released in fall of 2018, the Surface Laptop 2 was competitive at the time but now must deal with new competitors that were announced at CES 2019. How does the popular Surface Laptop 2 hold up six months later?

Is Threadripper dead? If so, AMD has made a huge mistake

Think Threadripper is dead? Think again. AMD's flagship CPU line might not be on this year's roadmap, but it's not dead and could well bring some amazing new enhancements when it returns.
Social Media

6 easy ways to archive all of your favorite Instagram videos

Saving Instagram videos should be just as easy as taking a screenshot. So, we've put together a list of the best apps and tools that save your favorite Instagram videos onto your phone or computer.

Cybercrime gang that stole $100M busted in international effort

A major cybercrime gang that used powerful malware to steal an estimated $100 million from bank accounts has been dismantled following an international effort that spanned six countries.

G-Sync is a game-changer. These are the best monitors with Nvidia's display tech

Looking for a monitor that plays well with Nvidia GPUs? You need G-Sync and we have picked the best G-Sync monitors available. Take a look and find out which monitor works best for your PC upgrade.

Microsoft is discounting this Surface Laptop 2 by a sweet $300

Microsoft is offering a nearly 14-inch Surface Laptop 2 with 256GB of storage at a $300 discount until May 18, 2019. The laptop comes with a PixelSense display, and Intel Core i5 processor and a 720p HD camera.
Product Review

Looking for discrete graphics on the cheap? The Acer Swift 3 will do the trick

The Acer Swift 3 is a tweener laptop that’s not quite budget and not quite premium – and it feels and performs accordingly. It manages to hold its own, though, thanks to its discrete GPU.

The Razer Core X Chroma is the best external GPU you can buy

The third entry in Razer's lineup of external graphics card enclosures, the Core X Chroma, brings together the best of its previous options in a single package. With RGB lighting and extra USB ports, is this the best you can buy?

Google recalls Titan Security Key due to hijack risk

Google is offering a free replacement for the Bluetooth Low Energy version of the Titan Security Key. A misconfiguration was discovered in the device, though hackers looking to exploit the vulnerability will find it difficult to do so.

Whether you want to edit, sign, or append, PDFs, these are the best PDF editors

While there are plenty of PDF editor options online, finding a solution with the tools you need can be tough. Here are the best PDF editors for your editing needs, no matter your budget or operating system.

Give your PC a new lease on life by upgrading its core components

Older PCs can still be great tools for work and play, they just need a little upgrade now and then. Here are the best upgrades you can make to your PC to make it feel fresh and fast once again.

The best software for filing your taxes — because you can never be too early

The best tax software offers a variety of services for saving money, completing your taxes at top speed, or getting advice for more complex tax scenarios that you haven't had to deal with before.

Through the wire, to the limit, to the wall: The 5 best ethernet cables

While our world may be transitioning to wireless connectivity, Ethernet connections are still faster and less prone to lag times than traditional Wi-Fi networks. Here are five of the best Ethernet cables you can buy.

Your amazing PC rig needs an amazing computer case. These are the very best

There's an incredible variety of PC cases on the market, but a few stand above the rest. Any of our five best computer cases will make your desktop look and work great, no matter what your budget is.