Friends Reunited, whose flame once burned brighter than Facebook’s, in the UK at least, is relaunching tomorrow (Tuesday 27 March). Purchased from ITV for £25m in 2009 by BrightSolid, the company led by one of Scotland’s most forward-thinking entrepreneurs, Chris van der Kuyl, the site will re-emerge tomorrow as a social network built around the concept of a digital scrapbook.
As TechCrunch describes it:
The idea, says the company, will be to collect images to share with friends and family around “remember when” moments: giving some wider context to pictures created by users themselves.
People will be able to post their own images alongside copyrighted content that will be provided through a number of very interesting content deals done by BrightSolid, including images from the Press Association and the Francis Frith Photographic Archive, with more deals to come. Friends Reunited could therefore offer an interesting counterpoint to the recent swell in numbers on Pinterest, and the accompanying issues over copyright on that site.
So, watch out for the new site popping up tomorrow!