Facebook 'kills' SAReunited

2011-03-04 16:01

Cape Town - Facebook's dominance has resulted in the closure of an early social network in SA, according to the co-founder.

SAReunited has announced that it is closing down its database.

"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," co-founder Amanda Tsinonis told members.

Facebook has amassed a user base of over 500 million members and this leaves little space for smaller networks.

In China, where Facebook and Twitter are blocked, other sites like Qzone have stepped in to fill the void of social networking, although the internet in that country remains restricted by the "Great Firewall of China" which censors "unsuitable material".

In Brazil, Google owned Orkut is a popular social networking site with about 100 million members, and in the mobile arena in SA, MXit has grown exponentially.

SAReunited has been going in SA for nine years and has 800 000 members who have to download their content by midnight on Friday if they want to retain it.

"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 it’s now time to turn to new projects," wrote Tsinonis.

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  • jkoorts - 2011-03-04 16:25

    It took them this long to shutdown? Poor noobs that paid for the SAReunited service while Facebook is free

      Sipho - 2011-03-05 06:26

      SAReunited was a total and absolute waste of time. They state they were around before Facebook but yet did nothing to attract and grow users other than try to extract money from there. The founders of SAReunited were not in it for the long term but there to try and make cash which lead to them seeing thy arse. Good riddance to a bad website...i hope they lost oodles of cash try to be clever!!! And just be aware that the same owners of SAReunited (the three that are stated on their website who think they are so clever) also own, a real pathetic dating wesbite with a bulldust offering. Its a complete waste of time just like SAReunited so dont fall for their charms. Rather use established well thought of websites like DatingBuzz where you get good value!

      TheNewSA - 2011-03-05 11:12

      The reason they shut down and never progressed was they never kept improving their site like Facebook did. Facebook evolved, SAReunited didn't. Also charging people to stay contacted, and the confusing user interface buried them.

      Brewster - 2011-03-05 13:02

      Was never a big user of SAR, (mind you not even facebook) and I quite agree that SAR was dull in comparison. I personally liked SAR's search fascility. That, to me, was significantly better than facebook's

      Charles - 2011-03-25 13:21

      Goodness Sipho there seems to be much bitterness from your side . MAYBE you are just one of those people who like to see others fail to make your life seem worthwhile!!??

  • Grant - 2011-03-04 16:27

    I used to use SAReunited...but if I recall, you had to PAY to contact other users. So maybe if SAReunited made it free to use (like facebook does), it wouldnt have met an early demise...

      Batonage1000 - 2011-03-04 16:35

      Spot on Grant. I had a profile on SAR, but never used it because frankly, I refuse to pay for a relatively mediocre service. The reality is that these guys were greedy early on, and now the chickens have come home to roost.

      M - 2011-03-04 16:45

      Agreed and not to mention being inundated with e-mails telling us that there was new activity of our profiles when there was absolutely zero.

      romano.plescia - 2011-03-04 16:55


      Tieneke - 2011-03-05 12:00

      It was stupid from the beginning this pay thing. They should have shut down ages ago. I even spammed their emails....

  • - 2011-03-04 16:38

    Dont want to 'blast' users with adverts but dont mind charging them? Looks like they chose the wrong model.

      TheNewSA - 2011-03-05 11:13

      Ja good point. Guess they had to find some way to make them sound superior.

  • hheunis - 2011-03-04 16:42

    I totally agree, why pay for SAR when Facebook is free AND is International.

  • x - 2011-03-04 17:18

    Now they will stop spamming me I hope...

  • Tiwonge - 2011-03-04 17:26

    Good riddance. What more can i say? My wildgoose search for a soul mate in the cyberworld has only plunged me deep in debt. No soulmate, just own ass self. I am now dating some chick in my neighbourhood. At least some South Africans will be socialising with real people not digital "friends".

  • Geoffrey - 2011-03-04 18:29

    As a matter of fact almost any site in SA you must pay for to go into or they want to know your sex history its all about money here !!!!

  • Andy49 - 2011-03-04 20:01

    SAReunited - FAIL big time.

  • Francois - 2011-03-04 22:42

    Why is this news?

      simodi - 2011-03-22 12:36

      cos its a big social network dear

  • Rob - 2011-03-04 23:05

    I sha n`t be attending SA Reunited`s funeral, but I will send a nice letter saying I approve of it.

  • Maplasie - 2011-03-05 05:05

    I don't like facebook, though I created a profile. It's just not my style. It's a pity sareunited closed down. Whats left for the rest of us That's not faceboking?

  • Thambo - 2011-03-05 09:41

    Business is business.....

  • MaLemmer - 2011-03-05 09:48

    Why PAY for cr@p?

  • Gennath - 2011-03-05 14:53

    It's simple... why unite SA when you can unite the world.

  • Martin - 2011-03-05 15:09

    No, no GREED KILLED SAReunited... Both facebook and google started of free with great ideas. Dont put money first from day 1!

  • Joe - 2011-03-05 15:42

    great site at the time, but yes, facebook changed the whole arena of social networking, and not just for SAReunited. don't listen to all the fools here bashing the site: it was good while it lasted.

      andrew.p.annear - 2011-04-09 21:48

      I fully agree Joe. And it gave us something in common.

  • chub - 2011-03-05 21:12

    Facebook didn't kill them, they did it all by themselves with their backwards business model.

  • - 2011-03-07 08:43

    Rather use sites like Its free

  • petrivoges - 2011-03-07 15:02

    I'm pretty sure that very few people that have commented here have build and maintained and application in the SA web environment...

  • lvinston - 2011-03-07 23:16

    Fecebook sucks, end even though a lot of college buddies are in there, i quit because this social network is also the playground of pedofiles.

  • headpixie - 2011-03-07 23:57

    What did they think was gonna happen? Poep teen donnerweer.

  • Charles - 2011-03-25 13:23

    WOW SIPHO - PENT UP ANGER !!!???? guess your life becomes more worthwhile when people fail or make an effort to earn a living . What have you stup to serve thousands of people ??

  • Gert Melktert - 2011-03-25 14:24

    It's not a matter of Facebook leaving little room for smaller networks. SAR was useless, unless you were willing to pay. Facebook is free. That's the bottom line

  • draadsitter - 2011-03-25 14:44

    I joined both in 2005. SAR wanted to charge me to do what facebook offered for free. I recieved a rather snotty email from them after posting a photo of me holding up a hand-written banner with my email address on it in 2006 and haven't visited the site since. One top of that, SAR was only relevant to South Africans. The writing was on the wall for them to change their ways right from the beginning - maybe make your money from advertising instead? Their complete and utter irrelevance in the social networking world is all their own doing. Good riddance.

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