Friendster Is Distinctly Sub-Par

After noticing that the alumni group I created on facebook had spontaneously gained members, I decided to spend more time exploring the presence of Reedies on other online social networks, including Friendster, and I’ve reached an important conclusion: Friendster sucks is distinctly sub-par. This isn’t exactly an original insight, but it’s become meaningful to me.

In what ways is Friendster distinctly sub-par, you may ask:

  1. It’s broken. For two weeks or more it hasn’t returned any results when I click the “Reed College” link in my profile.
  2. It’s SLOWER than a very specific swear that I’m not going to use right now, since I originally used “ass” in the title of this post and then decided to clean up my language. When I use Friendster’s search to look for profiles that list “Reed College” it takes forever to display each page of results. It doesn’t help that…
  3. It pauses and inserts fricking dating site ads in between every 4th entry in the search results for True.com. They are all targeted using info in my profile, because they are all women in or near Seattle and I’m a male in or near Seattle. Of course, they ignore an important part of my profile, which is that I specified that I’m “just looking around,” and that I didn’t check that I’m looking for a “relationship with women.” Also, the women they list don’t appear to have anything to do with Reed College, AND some of them are clearly not looking for men.

It may or may not be important to reach out to alumni using Friendster, but I don’t think I’m going to be the one to do it. It’s too irritating to use.

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