A Fond Photo Farewell to Friendster: New York Edition

Nostalgia was in the air yesterday (or on Twitter, same thing) after Friendster announced it would be permanently erasing a huge trove of pictures and wall postings. Folks like Jason Scott of the Archive Team, who rallied to save GeoCities Pages and Google Video clips, are planning to download and save as much of Friendster's public data as possible before it shuts down at the end of May. “This is the everyday neural activity of a world, of a society, scooped up and saved,” Scott told the NYT's Jenna Wortham. “To me, that’s completely valuable and worthwhile to make sure it is saved for the future.” Betabeat decided to take a quick spin through the this digital Pompei, where the early aughts remain frozen and largely open to the curious visitor. We found a wealth of New York techies and some curious profile pics. Plus loads of testimonials, those oddly effusive wall postings where users praised each other by recounting embarrassing experiences. [gallery]

alexis ohanian1 A Fond Photo Farewell to Friendster: New York EditionNostalgia was in the air yesterday (or on Twitter, same thing) after Friendster announced it would be permanently erasing a huge trove of pictures and wall postings.

Folks like Jason Scott of the Archive Team, who rallied to save GeoCities Pages and Google Video clips, are planning to download and save as much of Friendster’s public data as possible before it shuts down at the end of May. “This is the everyday neural activity of a world, of a society, scooped up and saved,” Scott told the NYT’s Jenna Wortham. “To me, that’s completely valuable and worthwhile to make sure it is saved for the future.”

Betabeat decided to take a quick spin through the this digital Pompei, where the early aughts remain frozen and largely open to the curious visitor. We found a wealth of New York techies and some curious profile pics. Plus loads of testimonials, those oddly effusive wall postings where users praised each other by recounting embarrassing experiences.

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