The Friends Reunited site is simply designed and easy to navigate.

From here you can search users and send them a simple message for free called 'quick hello'.

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“Sad to hear Friends Reunited is shutting,” Jon Ronson tweeted on Monday in response to the news.

“I've happy memories of finding the boy who threw me in a lake and telling him I'm now a best-selling author.” Its website was basic and clunky, but in the first few years of the 21st century all websites were basic and clunky.

Its appeal was all-consuming, often dangerously so: more than once was it cited in divorce cases.

In 2005, Pankhurst sold the site to ITV for £175m, but ITV was late in arriving to a party at which most of the guests were already departing for a better soiree elsewhere down the information superhighway.

In September 2003 they set up Friends Reunited Dating alone and the membership has steadily grown since.

The Site offers friendship as well as relationship which is in keeping with its friendship orientated outlook image.'We listened to the feedback from Friends Reunited members and felt that you wanted to make new friends in a trusted, comfortable and friendly environment, so we decided to set up our very own dating service.There are over 10 million people registered on Friends Reunited now and we are guessing that some of you might be single and looking to find that ideal partner for a long term relationship, as well as new friends.There were by now other ways to “deja-date”, and not all of them were via Tinder.“Not long ago, I was approached by the [new] Friends Reunited owners to see if I wanted to take it back and try some new projects with it,” Steve Pankhurst wrote in his email.If you want to send them a real message, or chat you need to pay a fee and become a full member.