Sad news for members of SAReunited as one of the world’s first social networking sites will stop running the database part of its service at 10pm tomorrow night.
The site’s administrators have asked all members – over 800 000 of them – to ensure they search for anyone they’re wanting to find before the cut off on Friday.
“If there is someone you are still looking for or if you want to access your photos or profile, make sure you access the site before 10pm GMT on the 4th March 2011,” administrators said in an email to members.
In the mail, the administrator said: “The thing is, Facebook, wonderful as it is, has left little room for smaller social networks to be profitable. Neither do we want to spend our time blasting members with advertising to fund the site; that was not what we set out to do. So we made a tough decision. Thank you to all the loyal, early followers joining us on our journey, we truly enjoyed being the pioneers of the social networking pre-Facebook days, but its now time to turn to new projects.”
Members will still get occasional newsletters about site news, upgrades and changes as it continues re-invent www.sareunited.com. If you have any queries, you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.