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The first social network to impact on popular consciousness (in the UK, at least) was conceived around a kitchen table in Barnet 15 years ago.
Friends Reunited was hugely popular, and profitable – enough to convince ITV to buy it for £120m in 2005.
We’d play around with bits and pieces, and it was really the advent of the internet that gave us the chance to try things out.” Steve Pankhurst: “We went freelance in the early 90s, but it was very boring, writing databases for insurance and pensions companies.
This was when the internet was really in its first boom, so we packed that job in with the idea of trying out some internet ideas.
But at that point, from being very sceptical, seeing that [Classmates] had thousands of users, I thought we could do it a lot simpler and a lot better.
We did it in Visual Basic.” SP: “We were older programmers, we weren't doing fancy stuff, but we could do the backend stuff that could scale.
The first we knew about it was when we got home and found that our site was down.” JP: “At that point we had one little machine and it just stopped working.
We'd gone from 20 or 30 registrations a day to a thousand in a couple of hours.” SP: “We found what had happened by looking through message boards.
’ We looked into it, and there was a site called Classmates, but they were only doing the United States.” SP: “I, quite famously, said ‘what a load of rubbish’ to it.
There was an awful lot of looking back around then, with the millenium, with programmes on TV looking back at the 1980s and 1970s and school days, and there’s the idea of school reunions - they’re horrendous.