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Social networking pioneer Friendster to erase account data but profiles on May 31st 2011

Before Myspace, there was Friendster.

Before Facebook, there still was Friendster.

Rumors goes that Friendster will shut down its website. On May 31, 2011, all will awe for the drastic change: the social networking pioneer will raise its white flag, err will do a website revamp.

It seems that Friendster will now venture to greener pastures. In a message sent to members, the company asks that users install an application called “Friendster Exporter” to help them export their profile data such as pictures to Flickr and Multiply, as all together with user comments, messages, testimonials, blogs, and groups will be deleted on May 31st.

However Friendster made it clear that existing account will still be accessible after May 31st, leaving with friend lists, game details and basic profile information. The company states

“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.”

as a result, Friendster will be repositioned as a social gaming and entertainment site, utilizing Facebook Connect technology. The company is excited with its move and will mainly focus on Asian subscribers.

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