Internet Archaeologists Find Ruins Of ‘Friendster’ Civilization


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Last month, internet archeologist,
Dr. Maxwell Frey, stumbled upon the perfectly preserved ruins
of an online community called Friendster. Dr. Frey good morning to you.
– Good morning. Dr. Frey, tell us about this
amazing discovery of yours. Well, it was called Friendster, and at its
peak it was a vibrant social network with more than 50 million members. – 50 million! – Wow!
– That’s right. But then, out of the blue,
the civilization just ended and the site was completely abandoned.
– Strange. One day Friendster users were posting a
seemingly endless stream of bulletins about awesome parties and cool shows
and then nothing. That is so eerie.
– Total silence. Today the ruins of the site remain
perfectly preserved as they were at the time of Friendsters demise,
sometime around mid to late 2004 AD. Wow, their lives just come to a complete
stop like a fly trapped in amber. Exactly. It’s really beautiful.
You can see how much work went into it. Now you just made this amazing discovery just by looking through an
old desktops browser history? That’s right.
And as soon as I entered the site, I knew I was the first human being to lay
eyes on those pages in many, many years. There must be so much to learn
from the remnants of this site. There is. Evidence suggests Friendster
users or Friends were a simple people, spending most of their time
gathering the names of bands to display on large ornamental
favorite music lists. Oh, I’m getting chills just looking at it. Brand names were important to them
just as they are to us today, but they revered something called
Six Feet Under as well as The Shins. They also prize photos
of themselves drinking. Everyone looks so happy.
– Such a mystery. So what happened to Friendster? Well, no single explanation
is universally excepted, but some of my colleagues believe that a computer virus may have wiped out
a large portion of the Friendster users, and then the rest fled their accounts
out of fear. Others believe that Friendster was only
meant to exist temporarily to fill a void left by another mysterious
civilization known as ALL, or perhaps AOL. Now, if the public is interested,
they can go visit the ruins of the website at . All we ask is that they don’t
alter any content. They leave the site just as they found it. Of course. Well, thank you Dr. Frey
for being our guest. Thank you Dr. Frey.
– Thank you. It was my pleasure. Coming up, a new study
has linked heart disease to eating like a big, fat, disgusting pig
that no one could love. Still ahead this hour:
How to punch up your boring will.

100 Replies to “Internet Archaeologists Find Ruins Of ‘Friendster’ Civilization”

  1. Queek headtaker says:

    They say in the deep marshes their lurks a lost city of lost splendour used to communicate between millions the legendary MySpace where, I believe it is only a myth still records shown in the decaying ruins of vine show some hints

  2. OrganicChemistry2 says:

    Google+ and Facebook are next to go

  3. Cryoian says:

    Well this came true

  4. LagiNaLangAko23 says:

    But has anyone excavated the ruins of MySpace. I never got the chance to visit it but I heard it was a great mercantile civilization, comparable to Carthage.

  5. k kaiser. says:

    I searched “internet archaeology” only because I found out about

  6. Austin says:

  7. Umbra says:

    Is friendster real, or was this a parody of MySpace?

  8. SantaDog81 says:

    This aged better than a Trump tweet.

  9. Alexander Vlk says:

    Like a pig, eh? Foreshadowing?

  10. Matthew Hofmann says:

    It’s funny to hear about “studies linking heart to disease to eating like big fat pigs that no one can love” from Pig Haeggerty

  11. Swanzo says:

    I'm from the future. I came back in time to research the disaster that wiped out the Facebook civilization.

  12. NeoRipshaft says:

    "Aül"… I know this civilization.. I remember receiving numerous artifacts from this civilization – I believe they one thrived – distributing special coasters and chair stabilizers as cultural exchange.

  13. pillowsocket says:

    I love the vest

  14. Tflexxx02 says:

    No mention is made of the fable, lost city of MaiSpate…or, as it was pronounced by its people in their now-dead language, "MySpace"? Folklore has it that they bored themselves to death, and thus, by consensus, just faded away.

  15. bunberrier says:

    I have an AOL artifact from the last century, a silvery plastic disk in a metal cover. They were carried by trucks in masse and placed individually in little boxes in front of people's homes.

  16. LordOfTheCats says:

    I heard new fossils from were uncovered recently. Sadly the multitude of species were wiped out from reduced traffic due to "dot com boom" impacting earth.

  17. spiddyman007 says:


  18. ben 1981 says:

    I remember the AOL civilization trying to make me one of their own by sending me hundreds of CD’s (compact disk, think small silver frisbee) in the mail. Just to clarify by ‘mail’ I mean a living human being would put them in a box attached to my house. I feel like a dinosaur and I’m not even 40 yet….

  19. itsnotatoober says:

    Im doing archeology now

  20. Jefff says:

    I just went to check out this lost civilization of Friendster and it not where they said it would be ( It appears that it fell into the ocean or the ground opened up during an Earthquake and it fell in.

  21. Bonez0r says:


  22. Darkstealthgamer says:

    A good onion title is "scientists believe food to be the primary cause of obesity"

  23. Lucid Dev Team says:

    Google+ is another interesting ruin

  24. Jay Esta. Fayza says:

    20 0 4 AD, lol

  25. MrBigT says:

    2:22 – I kid you not, I had just put down the bowl, just finished the browner, after finishing a small pizza which I downed with coke

    I couldnt even be angry – I just laughed

    Also – am I being too "fan boy theory" when I link this comment [eating like a pig] to "Porkin around" and his ultimate demise

  26. Aidan Buford says:

    I love how he is dressed like Indiana Jones while he’s taking a picture with the computer.

  27. Brian Gonigal says:

    This video is now itself more than twice as close to the age of Friendster than it is to us in 2019, a lost relic of the once thriving Onion Empire that ruled internet satire until the age of Trump killed political irony by creating a reality that was impossible for even the most outrageous parody to compete with.

  28. Nazzz Nazzz says:

    Friendster deleted all my data and i dont even know about it..

  29. High Marshal Helbrecht says:

    I completely forgot about Friendster Xanga i recall that one and of course there was AIM

  30. Analbert Shwuggenduggen says:

    Hey! Six Feet Under was fuck*ng great

  31. Majoracan King says:

    The pig comment really hits you differently after watching porkin' across America

  32. Aditya says:

    2:10, he made a mistake with his script

  33. Rizky Satya says:

    ok, i want to be an internet archaelogist

  34. SKYRULE-49 says:

    10 years ago, the Onion Report was comedy gold.

    Now the Onion Report is something to take seriously.

  35. SKYRULE-49 says:

    I have visited the common ancestor of Youtube called Albino Black Sheep dot com.
    It's so breathtaking.

  36. Harrison Still says:

    I feel like an internet archeologist when I visit an old forum from early 2000’s.

  37. Derek Jeffries says:

    This video is now older than friendster was when this video was made.

  38. L. Maris says:

    1:22 I had never heard of this website but I did that, the very long list of bands… I feel called out.

  39. Name Redacted says: redirects to MOL which is some sort of investment site

  40. HolaButz says:

    whoa, whoa, whoa.. . Did he just say "awul" in this 2009 interview?! really??? really?! Aol was in business from the 80's to 2009, Mr "internet archeology"

  41. CrazyRiverOtter says:

    "A new study links heart disease to eating like a big fat pig that no one could love!"
    Um… foreshadowing!?

  42. MrSpikebomb5 says:

    Internet archeologist is already a job

  43. Doggo says:

    Internet historian

  44. OneRichMofo says:

    1:37 is that chase from House MD

  45. ElaborateTiger says:

    Friendster had only been abandoned for 4 years between then and the upload of this video. Now it's been 14 years, it seems less and less farfetched as the years go by.

  46. Natasha Paige Cortez says:

    Sadly The Onion predicted it's own demise here… I mean it still once in a while makes content, but it's glory days are long gone.

  47. Gandluru Srikrishna says:

    I love the genuine reactions by the anchors…

  48. Mission to be A Man says:

    2:20 foreshadowing for “Porkin across America?”

  49. Jigglypuff says:

    wait till they stumble across imagebords

  50. Kyle Netherwood says:

    Was this an actual website or did the Onion make it up?

  51. András Sásdi says:

    Now watching this is being an internet archeologist

  52. raw trout says:

    not a joke. in the future we can make money finding ancient websites and history

  53. KelsaRavenlock says:

    I honestly thought friendster or what ever never got off the ground and had almost no memebers.

  54. KelsaRavenlock says:

    I honestly thought friendster or what ever never got off the ground and had almost no memebers.

  55. navigator of none says:

    Hahahahaha 😂😂😂

  56. Que Dableyou says:

    : (
    I miss myspace so much
    cool artsy people everywhere
    complete control of your page

  57. Lawofimprobability says:

    According to Wikipedia, it was actual a real site.

  58. Marcaveli7 says:

    Oh, that's why I have heart disease. Thank you!

  59. Gnuling says:

    The pronunciation of AOL was the best thing.

  60. Johann says:

    Its real search archieve website

  61. Charon Christ says:

    Watching this in 2019 kinda makes me feel like an internet archaeologists lol

  62. Harvey Morgan says:

    Hey!! That "archeologist" is mr. Andrews!! He taught me in geography in gr 9 lol so random

  63. Arstotzka Empire says:

    I just wanna say every single onions news predict the future including this

  64. Tony Bobér says:

    Soon, I will planning an excavation my self at the infamous "", I heard that everything is still untouched by humans on that site.

  65. Davis Jugroop says:

    This is how an AI civilisation will study us.

  66. Fikitupper says:

    Today’s equivalent is yahoo.

  67. Christopher Beebe says:

    Graham Hancock has a new book coming out that explains this.

  68. JonatasAdoM says:

    Someone should catalog the periods of the internet, from the AOLitic to the Faceboorassic

  69. genericusername546 says:

    This video is now closer to Friendster in time than it is to us

  70. The Noisy Spectator says:

    I would like to do this job, one day.
    But, I'd expect it to be called an "Internet Historian". 🙂

  71. Floppy Disk Master says:


  72. Martin M says:

    Back in the day I've found an artifact which emitted ominous beeping noises. It allowed to establish a connection to the AOLians. I've used it to investigate the mysteries of the 2nd Quake until my father told me to shut the artifact down because it interfered with our telephone.

  73. Maskedduelist 13 says:

    This video is almost a relic itself.

  74. Hankdafishtank A says:

  75. GayusSchwulius says:

    Wait a minute, isn't that coldmirror at 1:38?

  76. International Harvester says:

    It's leader?
    Al Gore🙄

  77. Plantoid says:

    "site" good one

  78. Julianne Hannes says:

    Oh please, the Geocities and Yahoo Mailing Lists civilizations are far older and well preseved in the museum of Way Back. Though what is forever lost is the civilization of the IMDb message board with no remnants left behind

  79. Bobo Ayame says:

    One day this will be true about youtube

  80. Luke Kline says:

    This is will only age like a fine wine. Each passing year, the joke becomes better and better.

  81. Artur Czerwiński says:

    What about pornstars of the past? Any studies?

  82. Michael Flynn says:

    Wow, 10 years later and this could still be a new video.

  83. JohnNNJ says:

    Eventually, Facebook will be a conspiracy theory. Then it will be debated which online civilization came first.

  84. Brady Martin says:

    Thanks youtube reccomended

  85. Robert Patter says:

    20 Oh Four AD lol

  86. Elm says:

    Dear future internet archaelogists,

  87. Sam Nicholson says:

    This video has been on YouTube for exactly 10 years as of today.

  88. Langus langus says:


  89. tyler bonser says:

    Hope this happens to facebook.

  90. Iceling bolt says:


  91. Tyler Keating says:

    “They revered something called Six Feet Under” lmao

  92. Alex Prolapse says:

    I visited an old pornographic site called 8th Street Latinas. I was probably the first viewer in over 10yrs. Amazing stuff

  93. Quiet Corner says:

    I just ventured to look for the lost civilization of Friendster, it's gone! It must have gotten swallowed up by an earthquake or swept out to sea in a giant tsunami.

  94. Quiet Corner says:

    I was once a part of the civilization of AOL. We had strange rituals such as having to dial in to get on the internet. There was a chirping warbling sound as you waited to get in. Then once in, you heard a voice call out, "You Got Mail." Then they kept you for hour on hours talking to other citizens of AOL.

  95. andrew joyner says:

    'A new study has linked heart disease with eating like a big disgusting pig that no one could love.'
    Bit harsh.

  96. João Farias says:

    Future Facebook

  97. Dhondu Rao says:

    Unfortunately, the site was terminated as of 2015. Very sad, I know…

  98. Jeffrey Kalb says:

    The remnants of this civilization have now been covered up… What are the authorities trying to hide from us?

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