Why have so many in the Philippines switched from Friendster to Facebook? Dominique Anne offers a great list that came out of her talk with Paolo Pangan of Yehey!
Her list (slightly edited):
Quality, not Quantity – In Friendster times, our main goal was to get as may friends as possible. We wanted was to show the world that we already have a second, third, fourth, fifth (and so on) accounts because previous accounts reached the limit for the number of friends. In Facebook, we treasure each contact and really know all the people in our list. We learned from Friendster that it’s quality over quantity.
Tagging – Facebook tells us that we do not have to repost every picture of ourselves that our friends have. Just by tagging, we all have a copy of the pictures we want.
Newsfeed self-control – In Friendster, flooding the bulletin board is acceptable. But don’t we just hate flooding? In Facebook, flooding the newsfeed is like humiliating yourself. You are not disciplines!
Quiz interface – Friendster surveys and quizzes require you to open all of the others’ posts and pages to know if they have the same answers/results. Facebook surveys and quizzes allow you to click and get results in seconds. You can easily see the headshots of friends with the same results as mine.
Status update history – Facebook allows you to constantly update status and keep track of previous status updates. In Friendster, where shall we put it? In shout outs? Shout out, once erased, is gone forever.
Share images and video easily – You can easily share and make our friends know that we have posted a new picture, video, comment, or even link through real-time updates seen at the lower right portion of Facebook.
Live chat – Facebook lets you see your friends who are online and chat with them. Friendster does not.
Less Spam – Friendster inboxes are flooded by spam messages and invites to try applications. Facebook inboxes receive messages that are really meant personally for us.
There are even more in the comments of Dominique Anne’s post.