Unfortunately, the service has since seen more than its fair share of technical difficulties, questionable management decisions, and a resulting drop in its North American fortunes.
Although briefly enjoying success in Indonesia and in the Philippines, Friendster has since abandoned social networking and now exists solely as an online gaming site.
And voila, just like that, suddenly the antisocial had become social. Though the technology of the time restricted the flexibility of these systems, and the end-user’s experience, to text-only exchanges of data that crawled along at glacial speed, BBSes continued to gain popularity throughout the ‘80s and well into the ‘90s, when the Internet truly kicked into gear.
Indeed, some services – such as Tom Jennings’ Fido Net – linked numerous BBSes together into worldwide computer networks that managed to survive the Internet revolution.
” proved almost immediately that the idea of a virtual reunion was a good one.