And then I got on with developing a completely new service based on the Life Chart idea.It took a bit longer than I had planned — lots of external distractions and Jason decided to move on but finally, at the start of 2016, I am ready to launch something. Back on Friends Reunited it was never about re launching the old service into something grand.We gave up our jobs, and introduced a subscription to allow people to contact old friends — and to allow us to survive (We were not part of the internet hype and didn’t go out and try and raise funding to continue)In the summer of 2001 the site exploded — through natural word of mouth and article after article about the desire to look back. I describe this period as both the best and worst of my life.On the positive side the site just didn’t stop growing and revenue was flowing — and we were having a fantastic time being interviewed on TV and radio nearly every other day.
DCT decided to pivot Friends Reunited into more of a memory/retro picture site.
The school friends part of it got pushed back into the background a bit.
It was a brave move and could have been quite fun — unfortunately the site continued to decline. They had decided to concentrate on family history and wind down Friends Reunited but offered a deal where I would take it back for a period and see what I could do with it.
I had watched some members of my family doing genealogy research and building family trees.
I saw how time consuming and disjointed everything was.