[Air-l] friendster observations
pjones at metalab.unc.edu
Wed Jul 30 10:59:34 PDT 2003
i have about 170K people in my net and i've been there a while. i suspect
i am also the oldest person in my net. all you need is one party girl in
NYC with about 150 friends to hook you up with thousands :-> (an former
student who signed people obcessively).
but friendster is used among my net members to organize flash mobs, to
play jokes with imaginary characters (harry tuttle is being chased by the
info-retrieval ministry for example). there is a lot of gamestering going
on within my section of friendster and i suspect elsewhere as well.
what this means is that friendster is a very blunt tool for looking at
social networks quantitatively but could be delightful fun for qualitative
work. some great unexpected and unplanned for activities.
one other note. friendster was hip for a while, but now hipsters seem to
be getting cold on friendster and colder with each lame newspaper report
such as http://newsobserver.com/business/story/2734004p-2534502c.html
one hipster tells me that his main relationship will be ended if he signs
up because his partner says friendster is for lamers and loonies.
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