In comparison to other online dating sites, the friends reunited payment plans are a lot cheaper than most other internet dating sites, there are subscription packages available starting from one month, up to 6 months, and as an incentive there are plenty more of discounts and promotional offers readily available along the way.
When you get to the main search facility there are plenty of choices that are recommended to you, that are based on your ‘looking for’ questions posed earlier.
Realising the power of the internet, and a desire to find out what some of her old school friends were up to — whether they too had families — she came up with the idea of Friends Reunited.
Myself and my business partner, Jason, both of us being developers at the time, were looking for ideas to branch out on our own. It took well into 2000 for me to do anything about Julie’s idea — we were busy consulting, Amber was born, and we had a long list of spurious ideas to get on with — dating, party bags and fantasy football being some of them.
Friends Reunited was a portfolio of social networking websites based upon the themes of reunion with research, dating and job-hunting.
The first and eponymous website was created by a husband and wife team in the classic back bedroom internet start-up; it was the first online social network to achieve prominence in Britain, and it weathered the dotcom bust.
The website was conceived by Steve and Julie Pankhurst of Barnet, Hertfordshire and friend Jason Porter in 1999.
In 1999, Julie, my wife was pregnant with our first child.
She had just used the internet to track down her long lost Grandfather that she had never seen.
We gave up our jobs, and introduced a subscription to allow people to contact old friends — and to allow us to survive (We were not part of the internet hype and didn’t go out and try and raise funding to continue)In the summer of 2001 the site exploded — through natural word of mouth and article after article about the desire to look back. I describe this period as both the best and worst of my life.
On the positive side the site just didn’t stop growing and revenue was flowing — and we were having a fantastic time being interviewed on TV and radio nearly every other day.
Friends Reunited branding was attached to CD collections of nostalgic popular music, and television programmes broadcast on the ITV network, which owned the site until August 2009.