Friendster to delete all user photos, blog, shout out etc on 31 May 2011

This news come as a surprise to me. Friendster has began emailing it’s users to inform them that they will be reinventing themselves as a service focused on entertainment. As such, the social networking site will be making some drastic changes soon.
On 31 May 2011, Friendster will wipe out all photos, blogs, comments and groups uploaded or created by its users. The company will, however, keep all accounts alive, along with user friends lists, games details and basic profile information.
Friendster have created a Friendster Exporter to help users export their data before 31 May 2011. For more information, check out the Friendster Exporter help section.
The new improved site is designed to create new profiles that allow users to connect differently with people and do things differently than other networking sites. The new Friendster’s Beta version will complement user’s existing online presence in other social networking sites.
No account will be deleted. Users may continue to login to Friendster using their existing login details. Friends list, basic profile information, wallet and games will also be preserved.

I tried logging into my Friendster profile last night upon hearing the news. Wow, the site look so alien to me now. Haven’t been there for ages. Glance through my photos album, nothing much there. Just some old photos of some gatherings and myself. Nothing worth exporting out. I have all of them on backup in my harddisk. 🙂

I guess after 31 May, Friendster will no longer be the social networking site we used to know. I think it is a good move. Instead of going head on with other social networking site, Friendster will become a complement to them. I’m not sure if this move is enough to save them. But at least they are doing something to save themselves.
Actually I wish they would keep all the data. But maybe it’s taking up too much space and the cost of maintaining them is too high. It would be better to remove them than being drag down by legacy stuff.

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