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  • My rules (Score:3, Informative)

    I've add a lot of people to my friends list, but every one of them is someone that I've either met in person (and that's quite a few) or I know from extensive online email and chatting. If I get an incoming request from someone I don't immediately recognize, I "send message" back to them with "Friend request: Have we met? Please remind me.", and then cancel the friend request. If they say "no, but I've read your books", I politely refuse, but if they can recall a specific interaction or their IRC handle, then I resubmit the friend request.
    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge
  • I don't get these sites. So you connect with people you know. Can't you connect through instant messenger or some other means. Is the whole purpose to show how many friends you have?
    • Is the whole purpose to show how many friends you have?

      I think so. :-)

      Seriously though, I am learning some interesting things about people I (thought I) knew. But other than the interest factor it seems fairly pointless so far, except as a spamming tool (I've already received political spam via FoF messaging).
    • Hi Jacques,

      The 'how many friends' is what I refer to as the gaming aspect, I do not play that game.

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      Orkut actually offers something else. I have access to data on all my "friends" - the term friends here is a bit loose, since it includes people whom I now via IRC, people whom I have met at conferences/workshops and the Copenhagen Perl Mongers etc.

      I can via Orkut have access to data like birthdays, phonenumbers and sexual orientation etc. eh, forget the last one, but anyway, this is data