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Jun. 12th, 2003

Well, I finally gave in and signed up on Friendster. Still not sure why, but I too am a sheep. I'm thinking I should change my profile to "just here to help."

And, overnight, my "personal network" - and presumably those of everyone I know - exploded from what I seem to remember from yesterday as around 500, to 11,600. So, if anyone is actually using it to meet people, you're welcome. Or I'm sorry, depending on how it goes.

Incidentally, for anyone who's curious, that mystery contact is my boss's older son. I spent a while yesterday searching names of pretty much everyone I know or have ever known, especially the ones who aren't Drew-types. More interesting that way. I didn't know if he would acknowledge the connection or not, but I figured it couldn't hurt to try.


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(no subject) - oidhche - Jun. 12th, 2003 12:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 12th, 2003 12:42 pm (UTC)
Huh. Maybe it only allows for so many links in between....
Jun. 12th, 2003 03:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, it only allows 4 degrees. I have a friend of a friend who has ~80,000. I am approaching 9,000.
Jun. 12th, 2003 12:34 pm (UTC)
What on earth is friendster?
Jun. 12th, 2003 12:41 pm (UTC)
It's a networking six-degrees-of-separation type of thing.

It seems to be heavily dating oriented, though, and I'm not impressed.
(no subject) - oidhche - Jun. 12th, 2003 12:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 12th, 2003 03:21 pm (UTC)
Ourika, I told you about this a while ago. You never listen. :P
Jun. 14th, 2003 12:22 am (UTC)
Was that one of the times where you threw about 20 links at me becuase I said I was bored? I was on some sort of a 6 degrees website in the mid-90s, but I don't remember whatever happened to it.
Jun. 12th, 2003 03:26 pm (UTC)
That mystery contact is responsible for quite a few of those contacts. Unfortunately, he only helps a bit for me. Also, the reason it jumped so much is that as people approved you as a friend you got their friends too. It's the outside links that are most important though. For example, adding bridget to my list doesn't actually expand my personal network at all since she doesn't have anyone on there not already on my list from someone else. However, someone who is out on the edge of my list (i.e. is 3 links away) will get helped if I'm there only link to bridget. (i.e. they don't have links to any of our other shared friends) because she will then show up on their list. Make sense?
Jun. 13th, 2003 07:04 pm (UTC)
It's interesting.. someone "suggested" someone to me the other day on Friendster. I had no idea who either of them were, but I still thought it was interesting. Of course, as jaded as I am, the first thought that crossed my mind was "Porn hook."
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