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Step by Step 3000 第3册 Unit12:Friends reunited(1)

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C. Friends reunited.
C1. You're going to hear a news report introducing a website called Friends Reunited. Listen carefully, decide whether the following statements are true or false.

Have you ever wondered what your old schoolmates are doing now? Well, plenty of people in Britain do.
One of the most successfully internet ventures in Britain has shown how popular, and how lucrative, nostalgia can be.
The website Friends Reunited was started for fun in 1999, by a couple who were interested to know what their old school friends were doing.
The project snowballed and by 2005, the site had 12 million members.
One extraordinary fact is that Friends Reunited has never advertised, its success is entirely due to world-of-mouth.
You can search for a school, college or university, and find a list of the members who were there in any year.
You can also post a personal profile showing what you're doing now, and read other people's details.
Steve Pankhurst, one of the founders of the site, thinks that the one of the reasons for it success is that some people like to be anonymous.
On Friends Reunited, you can snoop on other people's lives without giving away anything about yourself if you don't want to.
It's also an opportunity to bolster your self-esteem by showing off to everyone just how successful and happy you are now, even if you weren't while you were at school.
Friends Reunited has also led to many successful school reunions, and people meeting up with each other after many years.
In particular, many people use the site to look up their childhood sweethearts and many couples have actually rekindled relationships after contacting each other through the site.
There have even been Friends Reunited weddings and babies, and Friends Reunited now has a new site called Friends Reunited Dating, especially for people who are looking for love.
The company has also launched other sites, such as Genes Reunited, which helps people to find long-lost relatives and build their family trees online.
So whether you want to be nosy, contact old friends, organize a school reunion, find your first love, or simply show off your success, Friends Reunited is the site to visit it.

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anonymous [ə'nɔniməs]

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adj. 匿名的,无名的,没特色的

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extraordinary [iks'trɔ:dnri]

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adj. 非凡的,特别的,特派的

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bolster ['bəulstə]

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n. 长枕,靠垫 vt. 支持,鼓励

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nostalgia [nɔs'tældʒiə]

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n. 乡愁,向往过去,怀旧之情

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organize ['ɔ:gənaiz]

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v. 组织

 
opportunity [.ɔpə'tju:niti]

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n. 机会,时机

 
popular ['pɔpjulə]

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adj. 流行的,大众的,通俗的,受欢迎的

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particular [pə'tikjulə]

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adj. 特殊的,特别的,特定的,挑剔的
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