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Social Network Friendster Getting Massive Overhaul On May 31

04/26/2011 03:44 pm ET | Updated Jun 26, 2011

On May 31, struggling social network Friendster will delete all user profiles, photos, blogs, comments and other user-created content as the site prepares for a massive overhaul.

Founded in 2002, before Facebook and even MySpace, Friendster was an early social destination for Internet users. The service maintains users in Asia but has stagnated in the United States.

Although Friendster will wipe out most features on users' accounts on May 31, the site will retain users' basic account information and friend lists, according to Philippines-based blog iKUWADERNO.

Friendster will relaunch after a few weeks as an entertainment hub targeting Asian users, CEO Ganesh Kumar Bangah told ZDNet Asia.

Ahead of the makeover, Friendster is encouraging users to back up their content using the Friendster Exporter App.

Friendster's overhaul seems similar to MySpace's recent redesign and relaunch.

MySpace's decline appears to have accelerated since its makeover. News Corp., the network's parent company, is reportedly looking to sell MySpace.

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