It all started with Friendster. I remember I was in first year high school when my cousin Gabriel asked me to sign up for a Friendster account so I can give him a ‘testimonial’. At our young age, we were already addicted to the internet. I spent hours browsing forums and Yahoo Groups to exchange views with some friends, who are either fans of the Spice Girls, Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera.
Our classmates signed up personal accounts on Friendster as time goes by. We used it to post testimonials (a.k.a. pampalakas ng self-confidence) and exchange pictures. It was also through this site that I met some cool people, who eventually became my friends outside the cyberworld. It was the first website to give us the opportunity to get in touch with our friends and relatives. I loved the simplicity of Friendster’s first layout. For me, the testimonial part is their biggest asset. I guess they were threatened with MySpace since that social network site kept on upgrading its features. You can post all glittery things on each other’s wall, embed music and videos, create groups and many, many more. I seriously got disappointed when Friendster decided to let go of the ‘clean and simple’. They even deleted the ‘Testimonial’ feature and converted it to ‘Comments’. I dunno, but Testimonial sounds more appealing to me!