The website that helped users get back in touch with friends from school and university was after all the first online social network to make a big impact in Britain.
Facebook, founded in 2004, was still in its infancy.
’ At which point the penny dropped with Bradley, as he said: ‘Oh I see…I didn’t realise that.’ The pair subsequently decided to adopt their own Friends alter egos, as Jenny declared: ‘I’ll be Marcel the Monkey,’ and Bradley told her ‘I’ll be Gunther’ at which point she quipped: ‘Sounds about right.’ Oh, and it didn’t go unnoticed with the folks at home either: Unfortunately, despite being there for each other, the team didn’t fare too well against their Chaser – ultimately going home empty-handed.
Perhaps if they’d had Chandler and Monica on board too the whole thing might have ended differently?
And, unusually for an internet business of the era, it was profitable.
The site, which was launched in 2000, has struggled to keep up with other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter Friends Reunited (old logo pictured) once attracted more than 23 million users and was a popular way for people to get in touch with old friends and class mates.Following ITV's sale of the site to DC Thomson's Brightsolid subsidiary in 2009, the company relaunched Friends Reunited in March 2012 with a new emphasis on nostalgia and memories.The website was conceived by Steve and Julie Pankhurst of Barnet, Hertfordshire and friend Jason Porter in 1999.Formerly, the site cost £7.50 per year to use but it was later free of charge.The main Friends Reunited site aimed to reunite people who had in common a school, university, address, workplace, sports club or armed service; the sister site Genes Reunited enabled members to pool their family trees and identify common ancestors; the Dating and Jobs sister sites linked members with similar attributes, interests and/or locations.