Venturebeat has some numbers on friendster.
6 Billion pageviews a month
$700,000 a month in revenue in December
$410,000 loss in December.
16 million unique users a month.
Last time I saw the comscore numbers, all dating sites combined in the US only had 4 billion pageviews a month. But the paid dating sites in the USA will pull in $650 million this year.
With the number of free sites exploding, and operational costs of a dating site significantly higher then social networking sites it will be interesting to see which other free sites will be able become profitable. When I look at the 2 other dating sites my size I am disturbed to see that their tech budget per month is a multipul of my monthly revenue.
It is also great to see that most of the major dating sites have started running banner ads and advertising across their sites. It will be interesting to hear what they have to say at the conference on monday.