Friends reunited dating facebook
It was probably the simplest programme I ever wrote,” Steve Pankhurst has been quoted as saying.
He was helped in his task by his 40-year-old friend Jason Porter, and the website was born in the Pankhurst’s spare bedroom.
Friends Reunited offered material from services including the Press Association, the Francis Frith collection and the British Library’s newspaper collection.
But soon the website grew too big for the spare room and offices were established in Oxsted, Surrey.
Over the next several years, this management team nurtured and encouraged the website until it grew into one of the biggest websites in the country, with one in five of the population willingly coughing up initially £5 per year (then £7.50 per year) to become a member.
Indeed, by 2005 the Friends site grew into a phenomenal success story, largely via word of mouth.
More than 15 million people were registered on it at its peak, a staggeringly high number of the online population. Well, it initially focused on friendship reunion, but then branched out into the world of dating and even job-hunting services.