“I've happy memories of finding the boy who threw me in a lake and telling him I'm now a best-selling author.” Its website was basic and clunky, but in the first few years of the 21st century all websites were basic and clunky.
Its appeal was all-consuming, often dangerously so: more than once was it cited in divorce cases.
Later in 2013, the site's owners said that the site was "no longer considered an integral part of the company".
On 18th January 2016, Friends Reunited announced that it was closing.
It was set up by a husband and wife duo, Steve and Julie Pankhurst. The site was set up in July 2000, and was sold to British broadcaster ITV in December 2005.
At this point, the site had over 15 million members, exceeding the founder's aims and had been used for many more ways than it was designed for.
In an emotional email sent yesterday by its founder, Steve Pankhurst, to those who had forgotten they ever had an account, he wrote: “In the summer of 2000, we launched Friends Reunited as a method for people to find their old friends from their school days.