I just logged into Friendster for the first time in... some number of months. It doesn't look like anything has changed, and that's not a good thing. Actually, something has changed - it is even slower than it used to be! Even with the new-site flakiness, Orkut really is superior - the community functionality adds a major aspect missing from Friendster. The only way to really find new people in Friendster is to dully surf friends of friends, etc. On Orkut you can participate in a community and if you see someone cool, check them out. Orkut communities are weak compared to even basic web forums, but they're light years ahead of the Bulletin Board on Friendster.