I knew the first time I met Facebook that Friendster will be a thing of the Middle Ages but I never thought things would go as far as this. I broke up with Friendster long ago but this news brought sadness to me. Friendster will always be our first social networking love.

MANILA, Philippines - Say good-bye to Friendster as

you know it. The first social network site is shutting
down its social networking services after 9 years.
Friendster was bought by Money Online (MOL), a
Malaysian company that also owns the Berjaya group
of companies, from its American owners.
Last week, Friendster sent an e-mail to its users
advising them to export their profiles, photos, and
blogs by May 31 or these will all be history. All these
will be erased to give way to the new Friendster
which will be launched in a couple of weeks.
"You can't compete with Facebook. They did a good
job. It's a Facebook world," said Nikolai Galicia,
Friendster and MOL country manager for the

But Galicia clarified that Friendster is not shutting or
closing down. "Friendster will continue. Mag-iiba lang
ang focus niya. After MOL bought Friendster, we are
moving forward. The new Friendster will complement
Friendster will retain its name but will discontinue its
social network services. It will be re-launched as a
social entertainment site where users will be able to
play games and listen to music.
"Fifty percent of FB users don't like games. We will
service the other 50 percent," said Galicia.
The Philippines has the most number of Friendster
users worldwide with an estimated 20 million users.

Galicia said they understand how important Friendster
is to many Filipinos. "Nine years na ang Friendster.
Parang diary na 'yan."
So Friendster has created tools to easily export users'
profiles, photos and blogs where these can be kept.
For instance, photos can be exported to Flickr or
Multiply, and blogs to Wordpress and Blogger.
A user's Friendster profile including comments,
testimonials, messages, shoutouts and treasure chests
can be saved as a document. "[With] a few clicks, it
can be saved like a PDF form. Forever mo na makikita
ang diary mo," Galicia said.
Long time Friendster users like Anne King are sad
about this new development. King said when she got
the e-mail announcement from Friendster, she
immediately exported her entire account. "The earlier,
the better", said King.

By NiƱa Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

But we have already moved on from that first love, haven't we? We are just too busy with our affair with Facebook to mourn. (insert a soap opera villain-ish laugh here)