StartUp Podcast: Friendster: Part 1 (Season 5, Episode 2)
July 1, 2017 1:16 PM - Subscribe

In 2003, Jonathan Abrams was sitting atop one of the hottest new companies in Silicon Valley. He and his website were at the forefront of an industry that would eventually be worth more than $400 billion. So, what went wrong? Let's discuss episode 2, the second part of this episode, as well.
posted by bq (2 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hey, Startup has a new season, and it's pretty good! I stopped listening because above Charney creeped me out, but this excellent exploration of the Friendster crash and burn pulled me right back in.

I never had a Friendster profile.
posted by bq at 1:17 PM on July 1, 2017

I am pleased that they went back to this format after the Charney season, which I couldn't listen to.

The Friendster episodes made me cringe, because there were just so many ways things went wrong! I definitely had a Friendster profile (circa 2002-2003), and I remember when all of a sudden Friendster was uncool and Myspace was the thing (2003 I think). Then there was a period when I was on both Myspace and Facebook (2004-2006? maybe longer), and then finally I couldn't deal with Myspace anymore and it was just Facebook. It's funny to think of a time before there was even the term "social network."
posted by radioamy at 8:51 PM on July 3, 2017

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