Whenever Mhay and I are online these days, we spend a lot of time in Friendster–probably the biggest thing to hit the World Wide Web lately. Its original concept as a dating service has changed. It has even probably overtaken Alumni.net, which was supposed to be useful in finding former classmates. With Friendster, you’d find not just old friends in school–you’d even get reconnected with former crushes, girlfriends or boyfriends, and even childhood best friends.

Hmm, do I sound like I’m doing a Friendster testimonial? Mhay felt that way yesterday when we were convincing our friend Barn to join.

I now have 81 contacts in my Friendster list: most of them my cyberfriends; a number of them my real-life friends, colleagues, and former classmates; my favorite celebrities; and some friendly strangers.

The Friendster-mania that is now spreading among Filipino netizens has produced numerous blogs entries and articles recently. Expect one soon in my Peyups.com column).

As I was surfing today, I also found out from other bloggers as well as search engines that–as expected–there are already Friendster spoof sites. Check out Enemyster.com–you will be asked for a beta code, though–don’t ask me, I don’t know either–and Fiendster.com. Other parodies include the STD-ster (might be useful for Kris and Joey, huh?) and Traposter, by Click Mo Mukha Mo!.

For my friends and cyberfriends who’d like to add me to their list, here’s my Friendster page.

Ederic Eder

Ederic is a Filipino communications worker in the telecom, media, and technology industry. He writes about K-dramas and Korean celebrities for Hallyudorama.

He used to be a social media manager for news at GMA Network, where he also headed YouScoop, GMA News and Public Affairs’ citizen journalism arm.

He was with Yahoo! Philippines for more than three years before returning to GMA Network, where he was also previously part of the News Research section.

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