But Genes Reunited was the one that stuck and grew nicely too with a proven subscription model.By 2005, a number of companies came knocking on the door.A bit harsh but then I was happy to take time off and reflect on things.The previous 5 years had been a roller coaster and very exhausting.
It was a brave move and could have been quite fun — unfortunately the site continued to decline. They had decided to concentrate on family history and wind down Friends Reunited but offered a deal where I would take it back for a period and see what I could do with it.
As a result I wrote a small website called Life Chart as somewhere to document and store all these moments in my life.
It was a personal project and I didn’t publish the site to world. During the next 7–8 years I didn’t really take too much notice of what was going on at Friends Reunited.
We gave up our jobs, and introduced a subscription to allow people to contact old friends — and to allow us to survive (We were not part of the internet hype and didn’t go out and try and raise funding to continue)In the summer of 2001 the site exploded — through natural word of mouth and article after article about the desire to look back. I describe this period as both the best and worst of my life.
On the positive side the site just didn’t stop growing and revenue was flowing — and we were having a fantastic time being interviewed on TV and radio nearly every other day.