The once popular adult camsite, iFriends.net, has been permanently shut down. After more than 20 years of being online, they’ve finally decided to throw in the towel.
On October 17, 2018 visitors to the iFriends.net website were redirected to a ‘Thank You’ page with the following message:
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the iFriends platform.
The world’s first “sharing economy” internet platform, iFriends was also among the world’s first many-to-many/peer-to-peer “Friends Network” social-networking services. 15 years before the emergence of products like Uber, Lyft and AirBnb — and more than 6 years before FaceBook — millions of iFriends users were already sharing their webcams and profile pages/fan clubs, in a way that connected people & enriched lives.
For 20 exciting years, more than 100,000 “video chathosts”, 10,000 marketing partners and other stakeholders have grown with us, realizing financial goals, raising families, paying off mortgages & car loans, putting children through college, and more.
We are proud of what we have all accomplished, working together. From chathosts to affiliates . . . From more than 10 million registered members to the hardworking people behind iFriends itself . . . we have brought smiles, success & friendship into each other’s lives. (It was no accident that the name we chose for our service – from the very beginning and before the first line of software code was written in the summer of 1998 – was, simply, “iFriends”)
But much can change in 20 years. In 2018 alone, the FCC-mandated demise of “net neutrality”, new legislative developments out of Washington DC, and certain costly patent litigation efforts have further transformed the business landscape in which we operate.
So, it is with some regret – but also with an enormous sense of pride and gratitude in what we have all achieved together – that we elect to use this 20-year anniversary milestone as a natural and organic moment to discontinue the platform, and to express our gratitude to you for twenty years of fellowship, support and for being our “iFriends”. As we wind down the service in an orderly and responsible manner, it is at this harmonious juncture that we say to our iFriends, “we are hereby closed for business.” – iFriends
iFriends had been online for over 2 decades. They were one of the oldest camsites in the industry. They launched on Valentine’s Day in 1998 and attracted millions of users worldwide. Even though over the years they had continued to improve their website by adding new features and models, traffic to their site had been on a steady decline. With the added pressure of the demise of Net Neutrality and legislative changes, they thought it best to just close their digital doors once and for all.
So what about their paying members. Did they just screw them over? No. They could’ve easily taken your money and ran, but instead, they’ve decided to take the honorable route and will be offering refunds to their paying members. Below their ‘Thank You’ message, is a link to a message for members. It states the following:
If you have paid for a monthly VIP or Fanclub membership — or renewed a membership — in the last 30 days, the amount will be refunded to your credit card within the next 30 days.
IFriends users that had an active membership, either for VIP or a Fanclub, and had signed up or renewed in the last 30 days, before 10/17/2018, will be fully refunded. If you’re a member, you’ve got nothing to worry about.
What about your favorite model/s? If you had a favorite model on iFriends that kept you coming back for more, she will most likely be moving on to a new camsite. What site depends on the model. You should log in to your iFriends account and visit her profile, perhaps she’s updated it with information on what camsite she has moved onto or what her next moves will be.
Moving on and iFriends alternative
It’s certainly unfortunate that a pioneer of the adult cam industry has decided to shut its doors. Users and models alike, have taken to Twitter to express their sadness and anger that iFriend shutdown without notice. iFriends has yet to make a formal announcement on their official Twitter page, and it looks like they probably won’t be making one. They did, however, change their Twitter header image, for whatever reason.
If you were a fan of iFriends there’s not much you can now do but move on. There are other new camsites out there for you to explore. If you’re looking for an alternative to iFriends, though there are many camsites we can recommend, Streamate is certainly one of the best out there. If you haven’t already, give them a try.
What are your thoughts on iFriends shutting down? How long were you a member on there? Who was your all-time favorite camgirl on iFriends? Have you decided on what camsite you’re moving on to? We’d like to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below.