Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to close the service down.” But Pankhurst, still richer than the average lottery winner, is now attempting what some would call a bold move, others reckless: a kind of Friends Reunited 2.0.
It's called Liife, which reads like a typo but isn't.
In an emotional email sent yesterday by its founder, Steve Pankhurst, to those who had forgotten they ever had an account, he wrote: “In the summer of 2000, we launched Friends Reunited as a method for people to find their old friends from their school days.
The internet was in its infancy and the world was a very different place.
It's successfully launched thousands of happy and lasting relationships. Thank you for bringing this beautiful girl into my life, I will for ever be thanking you.
She is one seriously special person and super sexy and everything I ever wanted in a woman.
For many of us, it had been some time since we had even thought of it, much less revisited it.
Lightning rarely strikes twice, but let's not overlook that initial contribution of his.
However, of those who had close friends of the opposite sex, 56 per cent of women and 65 per cent of men said they had considered taking the friendship to another level.
And of the seven in 10 people who did, only a third said sex had destroyed the friendship.
Some of us even chose to contact former adversaries.
“Sad to hear Friends Reunited is shutting,” Jon Ronson tweeted on Monday in response to the news.