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“Friendster (Version: n.a.)”:

Manufacturer of the IMS

  • Friendster, Inc.
  • URL: (Visit Homepage)
  • Nature of provider / distributor: private
  • Nationality of the manufacturer: N/A

Type of the IMS / Class of the IMS

  • Class of the IMS: Class 3

Supported languages

  • England: English

References for the IMS

Is the IMS an open/closed IMS?

State of IMS deployment

Distribution of the IMS

Geographic scope

Is the IMS an open/closed IMS?: Closed

State of IMS deployment: Available

Distribution of the IMS: Commercial

Geographic scope: Global

Hard and software requirements of the IMS


Installed base of the IMS (Userbase)

>60 million profiles, number of distinct users unknown (As of 2008-03-10)

Interoperability and supported standards


Server-side component(s)

Complete user-profile is stored on

Client-side component(s)


Description of functionality / features (client and server)

Social networking, weblogs, photo-gallery


Contacts can be made by becoming a "fan" or a "friend". Fan-status can be stablished anytime and is uni-directional, Friend-status has to be approved and is bidirectional. Friends form sub-networks with implicit trust.


There are no explicit mechanisms for managing different identities.

Main functionality

social networking

Purchase costs in EUR


Flow charts of the IMS

Screenshots of the IMS

Other file resources


Evaluator of the IMS

Christian Krause (ICPP)

General Comments (free text)

On Friendster users always operate with their username, so the service allows basic pseudonymity. Generating different pseudonyms is not implemented at the moment.

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