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Can We Still Be Friendsters?

Mark down August 28, 2005, as the day that MySpace.com officially jumped the shark. For that was the day a New York Times article proclaimed how of-the-moment the site was. (Though one could certainly make a case that the shark-jumping occurred when R.E.M. joined. Or when Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation bought the site. Take your pick.) My gripe is sour-grape based in part, I’ll admit. As I age, I only learn that life is designed to make me feel old. With one simple newspaper article, it seemed like my merry band of Friendsters were instantly obsolete. Quaint. Yesterday’s news. In short: Old. According to the article, MySpace’s average user spends 1 hour, 43 minutes per month on the site, compared with 34 minutes for Facebook.com and 25 minutes for Friendster. (With the Stay Free! blog running close behind, I’m sure.) I apologize for making you click on that.

Technology taunts me around every corner. I listen to music on the wrong medium. (Thankfully, I’m not listening to the shit bands being forced down young throats by MySpace. Corporate rock still sucks.) I don’t have a gmail account. I cling to outdated operating systems. I’m driving my father’s Oldsmobile and didn’t even get the employee discount.

But it suddenly came to me. One: I use too many parentheses. And two: I’m sticking with Friendster, and I don’t care who knows it. And why? Because random foreign women love me. They love me for me. It started on August 15, with a message in my Friendster in-box from Caris:

hi Jack~~!!
my name is Caris...
I'm 27 years old from the Philippines.
I worked as a teacher for about 3 years.

I taught asian students like koreans, japanese...
It's nice to see you on friendster :)
I hope you don't mind me asking,
can I be your friend?
I hope you would allow me by then..
anyways, have a good day

Later that day, it was Maria, she of the exclamation points and sensual line breaks:

Hello!!!!!!
My name is Maria.
I liked your structure and I have decided to
write to you.
I live in Russia, republic el Mari. To me of 29
years.
I very much want to correspond with you, it is
possible our friendship will pass and to the
greater.
I shall wait for your letter. You can find me on
xxxxxl@inmail24.com
See you soon!

On August 18, Jessica joined my widening circle of admirers:

howdy stranger ;) my name is jessica but alot of my friends just call me "RED" cuz i love red so much. if you visit my homepage you'll see what i mean HahAHa. i found your profile here on friendster and by your profile you sound like an interesting guy to talk to. have any more pics?

me? i'm about 5'4", 95 lbs... light brown hair, blue eyes.. ample bust ;). i have some pics up at my cam site if you wanna check me out cutey.

redangel320.tripod.com is my cam site.. look forward to talkin to ya soon hun

And then on the 20th (with a gmail account, no less):

Hello, I write you from agency where have found out
yours profile. I have decided to write to you. I the
lonely girl from Russia also hope after that letters
to you it to stop and become possible we can good
friends. My name Sidorkina Natalia. I Live in small
city in Russia. I work in shopping center as the
seller of footwear. At leisure I try to visit sports
halls or to walk on park. Sometimes I with
girlfriends visit club. I like to dance. I so love Pop
music. At present I live one in a separate
apartment. My mum lives in the other city. I was
not married and I have no children. More you can
learn about me having looked my structure or to
write to me the letter on mine email:
xxxxx@gmail.com

And finally, on the 21st:

Hello. My name is Tanya. I saw yours profile and
it has liked me.
I would like to get acquainted with you and to
find out you better.
I live in Russia in city Omsk. If you want to
find out me better
write to my E-mail: xxxxx@mail.ru

Those Ukraine girls really knock me out; they leave the West behind. Caris, Maria, Jessica, Sidorkina, and Tanya don’t care that I’m a Luddite fuddy-duddy. They think I sound like an interesting guy. They want to get acquainted and see more pics. They like my structure.

So, sorry, MySpace, but the girls and I are staying over at Friendster, kicking it old-school. Da svidaniya, my friends.

Posted by Jack Silbert on 08/28/2005 | Permalink

Comments

"Thankfully, I’m not listening to the shit bands being forced down young throats by MySpace. Corporate rock still sucks."

I actually joined because I was invited by The Red Eyed Legends, a band comprised of Chris Thompson (ex Ignition, Circus Lupus, Monorchid and Skull Kontrol) and Kiki Yablon (ex Dishes) on the GSL label. They're as punk as f-word.

For indie bands, it seems like a better tool for getting your message out than a band website. Unless you're a total band stalker, there's really no reason to visit a band's website more than once or twice a year. This way, you can get your message out without pissing in the ocean.

Posted by: Joe Garden | Aug 28, 2005 11:54:35 PM

funny post, but you are staying on friendster for the same reason alot of people stay on Myspace. random love from random people. although those women seem more interested in actually talking to you rather than having 'added a friend'.

I like website communities, but the networking that goes on with the 'friending' variant gets pretty lame altogether, IMO.

And yes, I do have a myspace account, but its anti-myspaced with this image.

Do you need a gmail invite? ^_^

Posted by: chaoflux23 | Aug 28, 2005 11:59:47 PM

To Joe's comment: I totally agree--MySpace is a terrific tool for smaller bands. Full disclosure, I do have a MySpace account, and am "friends" with the bands Palomar, Higgins, and...yes... my high-school faves R.E.M. I hope MySpace stays indie-friendly, but the Times' article mentions that Weezer, Nine Inch Nails, and Billy Corgan have introduced CDs on the site, and that points in a decidedly non-indie direction.

And to Chaoflux23: You're right, I received a bunch of these messages on MySpace, and was able to change my settings to avoid most of them. And thanks for the kind offer, but I'm going to remain gmail-free for a little while....

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Aug 29, 2005 9:05:43 AM

I maintain a profile on Friendster myself, but I only keep it up for old friends to find me. Lately I've been getting a slew of messages from random women. Amazingly enough, I have that exact same message from this so-called Jessica (the "red" one) in my inbox.

Since I've received so many all of a sudden, and they are all so similarly worded, I've just diregarded them all as Friendster-spam-scams. Sorry to any real individual out there who has been wrongly labeled Friendster-spam.

Posted by: Paul | Aug 29, 2005 11:01:30 AM

it sucked!!! (just kidding. i've never posted a comment before and wanted to try it out.)

Posted by: frank nepa | Aug 29, 2005 1:22:44 PM

Mom, dad....meet Ekaterina....
--------------------

Hello!

You have nice profile, and I am interested in
acquaintance with you. I shall tell slightly
about myself. I am 27 years old, live in Russia, city
Ivanovo. I can tell about myself that i am
interesting woman with good character, sense of
humor, opens in dialogue. For an entertainment
I like to do many things: sports meets, camping to go
at cinema, theatre and other places To
see and do a lot of new. I the educated woman.
Studied in university and at present I work as
the bookkeeper, but I can work the bookkeeper and
the economist. I know the English language
well enough and I think that we will not have problems
to understand each other. I never was in
the Northern America , but I think that this good place
to live and grow children. I have no children, but I
want to have children from correct men sometime
soon. It would be fine if I and you could do
friendship or more than simply friendship. I search for
serious relations and I shall be happy
to learn you closer. It will be fine if we can exchange
some letters and photos. Write what
your purposes and plans for the future? What you
search in the woman? Tell more about a place
where do you live. I shall look forward to hearing from
you.

Write back on email: dreamkatya@yandex.ru

Ask any questions which interest you. Write me back
and I shall tell more about me, my life
and send me photos.

Kiss from Russia,
Ekaterina.

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Sep 22, 2005 10:34:23 AM

Frank got that message from
dreamkatya@yandex.ru too!

"The most wonderful thing in life is to be delirious, and the most wonderful kind of delirium is being in love, unless you're being spammed on Friendster."
--Yevgeny Zamyatin III

Posted by: Josh Karpf | Sep 25, 2005 9:15:10 PM

i think these kind of websites can steals your time, i mean some people thinks it is fun meeting friends, chating to them, but in reality we forget to do our priorities eg. studying, socialising to our friends, etc...i must admit i have friendster but i never get addicted to it..know why?? because im more aware now that we never really know if you meet someone in friendster they are true to you..no idea well just wanna say that..

Posted by: heart | Sep 26, 2005 1:48:41 AM

My Eastern Bloc girls will be jealous of this barely-legal temptress. (I am beginning to think of this as my version of Carrie and Charles' wedding blog.)
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Hey sweet thang, how are ya doin? Just saw ur profile on friendster and id really like to get to know you.. Im Julie, 18/F just lookin for a cute guy to chat with.. maybe even more.. ;) Got n-e more pictures? I have a bunch of pix on my homepage here at $& ... I also left a personal message for you at my homepage. Lets talk soon... unless my beuty intimidates you.. HehEh

<3 Julie

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Oct 6, 2005 12:18:43 PM

Anna M. and I are growing old and we still haven't walked in glow of each other's majestic presence...
----------------------------

How goes it? My names Anna and I ran into your profile here on friendster. Im lookin for a great guy to talk to and judgin by ur profile you seem like one ;). anyways, i dont have a profile or pic on friendster yet cuz i just signed up not too long ago. i have a homepage with all my pix and information at $& ... i also left a lil message for you so come check it out :)

xOxoXOxo Anna M.

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Oct 18, 2005 11:14:04 AM

Has my darling Ekaterina suffered a head injury? Here she sends an almost identical message to that of Sept. 22, but now she lives in Samara (not Ivanono), says she was never in the USA rather than "the Northern America" (has she visited in the past month?), has changed her email from dreamkatya@yandex.ru to summerkatya2005@yandex.ru, and signs off with a thrilling exclamation point rather than a dull grey Soviet bloc period.
------------------

Hello!

You have nice profile, and I am interested in
acquaintance with you. I shall tell slightly about
myself. I am 27 years old, live in Russia, city
Samara! I can tell about myself that i am
interesting woman with good character, sense of
humor, opens in dialogue. For an entertainment I
like to do many things: sports meets, camping to go
at cinema, theatre and other places To see and
do a lot of new. I the educated woman. Studied in
university and at present I work as the
bookkeeper, but I can work the bookkeeper and the
economist. I know the English language well
enough and I think that we will not have problems to
understand each other. I never was in the
USA , but I think that this good place to live and grow
children. I have no children, but I want to
have children from correct men sometime soon. It
would be fine if I and you could do friendship or
more than simply friendship. I search for serious
relations and I shall be happy to learn you
closer. It will be fine if we can exchange some letters
and photos. Write what your purposes and
plans for the future? What you search in the woman?
Tell more about a place where do you live. I
shall look forward to hearing from you.

Write back on email: summerkatya2005@yandex.ru

Ask any questions which interest you. Write me back
and I shall tell more about me, my life and
send my photos.

Kiss from Russia,
Ekaterina!

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Oct 19, 2005 9:49:55 AM

hello my name is aissa benbouzid i have 27 years old i 'am looking for relation with girl european about 24/27 years old beautiful and hot love my heart is open for you i can love you hot and hot thank's mein Email brunetteman@hotmail.com

Posted by: aissa ben bou | Nov 10, 2005 10:57:19 AM

Now, the girls have found me on my MySpace account...
-------------------

Hey there, just browsing around trying to meet some people from around here. I just moved to New York a few weeks back and I hardly know anyone. I figured I'd give myspace a shot and see if I have any luck. I'll keep this short until I know you're interested. Just looking for someone to hang out and have a good time with....not looking for anything serious. I RARELY get a chance to check this account on myspace so if you want to chat hit me up at christysullivan491@hotmail.com and I'll send you some more pics. Talk to ya soon hopefully.

Christy

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Dec 3, 2005 10:49:08 AM

Meanwhile, back on Friendster....
---------------

Hiya there sweety :). Im Vicky and I was just lookin around friendster. I started my account the other day and im just now starting to get the hang of this. Im lookin to meet a great guy and I just read your profile. Wanna talk? Since I just started the other day I still havent made a profile or uploaded any pics here yet. Instead, i have everything on my homepage at: $& ... I have many pix and my info up there. I also left you a personal message on my homepage!

~HuGs n KiSSeS~
<3 Vicky

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Dec 5, 2005 11:30:02 PM

I like that Vita on MySpace cuts to the chase:
--------------

hi :)

My Photos and Videos
--------------

and then provides a porn link.

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Dec 18, 2005 11:21:56 AM

I feel so used. And on Christmas, no less....
------------

December 25, 2005 5:08:00 AM EST
Subject: Want to make $500 from friendster
Message: Hi,
My name is Hannah. I own my own online business. I make about $500 a day sitting onmy computer talking to people like you. I just find motivated young people that want more from life and I show them how to get it. If you are one of these people, which I think you are, then check out my site $&

Hannah

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Dec 25, 2005 9:09:21 AM

Lola on MySpace....
------------
Dec 30, 2005 3:13 AM
Subject: hi :)
Body: Have you heard about Doulike? It is very cool site.The thing is,
they show you a pic of a girl and ask if u like her.
You answer Yes or No. If you do they send her your pic and ask the same. If u both like eachother you can get in-touch and meet up.
Do you like me? ;-)

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Dec 30, 2005 12:31:35 PM

Back on friendster...
-----------

Date: February 11, 2006 3:28:00 AM EST
Subject: Hi
Message: Hello!
My name is Elena!
I like you profile and it will be great to start
mailing with you!
I use the meeting agency to find a men for
friendship and may be more.
I think it will be interesting to pen pals, what do
you think?
I will wait for your answer with impatience, Just
let's communicate!

My E-Mail: Veravsilu@yandex.ru

I think we can find much of common and spend a
good time.
Look forward for your letter.
Elena

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Feb 11, 2006 10:54:20 AM

It makes her feel alive, damnit!
------------

Date: February 19, 2006 12:27:00 AM EST
Subject: Hey
Message: hey,
My new video is hot. That's right I make my own videos
I know it might make me a slut, but it makes me feel alive. Don't worry it is all free. Check it out!
$&

Peace,
Katie

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Feb 19, 2006 9:37:23 PM

And I am the lonely man!
---------

From: Natty
Date: February 24, 2006 10:10:00 AM EST
Subject: v
Message: Hi!!!!!!
I am the lonely woman which have decided to
try happiness in the Internet. I have
overlooked set of questionnaires and have
stopped the attention to you. You are very
interesting to me also I shall hope that you too
will become interested in me. I very much
would like to know you closer. Please write to
me the letter on mine E-mail: Funny@inMail24.
com If you will write to me I can send you my
photos. And then you will decide you want with
me to communicate whether or not. I shall tell
this hour slightly about myself.
My name is Anna. I'm 28 years old.
I live in Russia all conscious life.
I live in city of Cheboksary. I work as the
adviser in shop.
I think while enough. If you will write to me I
can tell to you a lot of interesting about myself.
I hope, that I have interested you. Please
answer me. I shall wait for your letter with
impatience.
With hope in heart lonely Russian girl Anna!!!!!!
!

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Feb 24, 2006 10:25:27 AM

If only i could scrape together 590 euros for this myspace sweetie....
----------------

From: tracy
Date: Mar 13, 2006 6:47 PM Flag spam/abuse. [ ? ]
Subject: hello
Body: hello,
i am tracy mcdonald 25 from liberia,i graduated as a medical doctor in liberia.my father is a business man while my mum is a full house wife,i am the second among four[4].i lost my family 3years ago through a plan crash when my family were traveling to south africa to spend their holiday,and by then i was in school having my exams,so i couldn't go with them.so now am a full medical doctor in liberia working for the UN.but right now i have a little problem that only u can solve.my late father is a business man and he had a business with a German business man,and during the period my dad died after he has finished the deal with the German man,and their agreement is that after the deal they will shear the money into two,my dad will have one while he have one.now he has agreed to pay the shear of my dad to any of his living family,and am the only one alive now and now i was asked to come over before 31days to claim the money.so i have prepared my visa and passport with my savings, what is delaying me now is [1] acconodation cos i don't know any one there.[2] i have no much money to pay for my PTA and flight ticket,all in total will cost me 590euros,so i will like to ask from u if u will be able to do any of this to assist me and i will be greatfull,so if u are willing to assist me in any way i will like u to reply me as soon as possible,so we can talk on how we can make things work for us,cos i know after this we are going to be together since i have no parents.so i will be looking forward to hear from u soon,stay kool and have a nice day.
thanks.

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Mar 13, 2006 10:07:10 PM

Svetlana on myspace. I'm speechless.

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Date: Mar 26, 2006 5:49 AM
Subject: Good afternoon!!!!!!!!!!!
Body: Hello,
Me name is Svetlana.
After birthday of my girlfriend after all my girlfriends have left to meet with the husbands and guys I has decided, that the friend with whom I might connect all further life too is necessary for me, but such person with whom
I would not be happy is not necessary for me.
I shall tell to you slightly about myself, me 29 years, I live in city of Orsk in spite of the fact that it is very beautiful city, here very difficultly to find the good person with which it is possible would be to connect the life, the purposes of people in our city very much low, and the girlfriend has advised me to look same people as well as I in the Internet, I and have made I have gone to the Internet of cafe and have found a site which to me the girlfriend has advised, at her mum as has got acquainted
with the person from Germany. From all countries which were offered me on a choice, I have decided to choose , on films and under stories I know, that people for which his personal honour and decency is appreciated more than any petty interests live in this country. After short viewing structures I have seen yours which most approaches me, and have decided to write to you
in hope that I shall receive from you the answer. Excuse I has distracted from the story about itself slightly. As I to you already spoke me 29 years I live in Russia, city of Orsk, my weight makes 64 kgs at growth of 170 centimeter. At me higher education on a speciality the ecologist, but on the
trade I do not work, as on it it is very difficult to find work. I work to help the bookkeeper in the company which is engaged in sale of home appliances. I live one without parents, my parents were lost at a fire of 6 years back, my grandmothers and grandfathers communists, my relatives were noblemen when Russia king corrected earlier, but there was it for a long
time. I never supported ideas communists, they have resulted the country which once was great power, in full route. But about it I shall not continue to me this subject not so it is pleasant have shot.
I live together with mine cat Murka, she my best friend! She also likes to ask to have a meal black color at me, in exchange on it she may sit next hours me and purr. Unfortunately I badly know the English language so I the first time shall be to use the translator, but I go on rates, on studying language. With impatience I wait from you for the answer. Your new friend
Svetlana.
Please write me on my personal e-mail: kovaleva-svetlana1@yandex.ru
So it will be more convenient to me to write to you and I can send you the photos!

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Mar 26, 2006 1:46:07 PM

On Friendster, i received this from BOTH "hugues" and "feige" today. MuaH!
--------------

Date: April 3, 2006 7:50:00 PM EDT
Subject: hey Jack, this is kristY
Message: What's up! I just checked out your profile and u seem pretty cool. My name is kristY and =P I'm 19 ( is a good age) just looking 2 meet some kewl people... n-e ways since friendster doesn't have a webcam option, I left you an invite for my cam on my website.. if you wanna see some more pics of me and watch me on my cam go to this site: hot-gerlz.net/kristy (that's me!) i will talk to you soon babe *MuaH* -kristY

Posted by: Jack Silbert | Apr 3, 2006 9:29:30 PM

Hi my name is dave italian canadian i luv meeting new peaple i am a caring outgoing guy im very open minded i like just about anything and when it comes to likes and dislike well im well liked i love the respect i get in calgary i mean i earn it i believe in carma and 2nd chances i live alone in a condo i love just going out go bouncing i mean club hoping bouncing im alote of fun im very fun o be around it like im the missing link its funny how some peaple think about money and wut to do tonight me i just go with the flow and let the good times roll i am a great listener so hope to hear a god reply my msn is dave_start38@hotmail.com dave_start83@yahoo is my email have good warm night

Posted by: dave | Nov 30, 2006 9:33:54 PM

dave here again my plenty of fish use name is italypimp and nexopia is heavyroller check me out sports fans catch me on the fly

Posted by: dave | Nov 30, 2006 9:36:14 PM

Hi my name is dave italian canadian i luv meeting new peaple i am a caring outgoing guy im very open minded i like just about anything and when it comes to likes and dislike well im well liked i love the respect i get in calgary i mean i earn it i believe in carma and 2nd chances i live alone in a condo i love just going out go bouncing i mean club hoping bouncing im alote of fun im very fun o be around it like im the missing link its funny how some peaple think about money and wut to do tonight me i just go with the flow and let the good times roll i am a great listener so hope to hear a god reply my msn is dave_start38@hotmail.com dave_start83@yahoo is my email have good warm nightll start with just saying this is a free sight for whoever wants to play games play witAh girls hearts and it does go for the girls too we all get burned.Now word up me a 23 old confident gental soul i tell the truth me holding the cross in hand looking in the ski thinking and preying to complete the puzzle like the song do you want somebody to love jeferson airplain ya i need somebody and i will find somebody to love if it take me the internet and all it hidin games the gossips and the real girls that are looking 4 the same thing i am to complete the puzzle well girl that are looking good will im here drop a line you make it real your heart is were the truth and is everthing friends dvae-start38@hotmail.com add me say hi make the emptyness go away ther plenty of fish in the sea me caring open mined dave lay back guy at your friendship becking call!being my self wut peaple see and think are two different things. The things they see like me or any guy going on a date and doing the riht thing to make there date feel special might be something anouther girl watching you like a halk might think is not wut shy thinks is a good thing.Now in saying that you half to find out wut shy lke and of course the most impotant is to find things shy dosent like and try and adapt to her dislikes from her likes.i always thought dates are a waste of time money and mistery the wierd things that happen for the good fom the bad or just winging it and no planning but just following your heart with your ears and eyes open knowing you are doind the right thing in you heart and god for my witness its your heart they will see the real truth and the real you . Im writing this so direct not to help myself but to help the dating concept a bit better couse its gone to sh*ti mean buddies tell me a lote of B S and quiet frankly im sick of hearing it QUOTE! DAVE I TOOK THIS GIRL HOME AND .........YA! you get the picture he dosent get what it takes to make it in the dating seen ive learned so much bye listening to the friends i make the right friends the ones who want something no not something a piece of tail bum or exe get the picture they want a caring heart someone that will listen! NOW! IN SAYIN ALL THIS I LEARNED ITS THE LISTENER THAT MAKES THINGS HAPPEN I MEAN LISTEN CAREFULLY LISTEN TO HEAR HEART HER THOUGHTS ON LIFE HER FUTURE HER PASSED I NOW I AM A GREAT PERSON I HAVE A GREAT HEART THE PEAPLE THAT I KNOW LISTEN AND CARE LIKE GOD MY BEST FRIEND MY FAMILIA AND MY FRIENDS I HOPE TO MAKE SOME GOOD FRIENDS THAT HAVE WUT IT TAKES TO BE A GREAT FRIEND IF YOU ARE SOMEBODY AT ALL MEAN DROP A LINE A MESSEGE AND THINK WHOS WATCHING ADMID NEXOPIA OF COURSE WELL IT CHRISTMAS AND I HOPE THE BEST STAY WARM AND GOOD WILL HUNTING AND THERES IS PLENTY OF FISH IN THE SEA JUST KNOW WHO YOU ARE WORRY ABOUT YOURSELF NOT ABOUT THE OUTHERS THAT GOSSIP AND THE ONES THAT LOST THAT DONT HAVE A CLUE ME I KNOW WHAT I WANT PROSPERITY A LIF TO LIVE AND IF A FRIEND I MAKE WANT TO BE CARED FOR WELL VIVA ITALIA I WILL DO MY BEST TO BE SOMEBODY THEY CAN LOOK UP TO AND CARE FOR DAVE_START38@HOTMAIL.COM (MSN) OR EMAIL ME AT DAVE_START83@YAHOO.CA I THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING MY POINT ON THE WHOLE DATING GAME YA ITS ALWAYS UNPERDICTABLE AND OUT 100& I WOULD HALF TO SAY 30% MAKE IT HAPPEN AND THE 70% WELL THE BEST TO YA! GOD BLESS! +

Posted by: dave | Nov 30, 2006 9:39:35 PM

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