rank your friends
Orkut is clearly doing the snowball rolling to critical mass thing right now – I signed up this morning and since then everyone seems to suddenly have twice as many friends. It probably won’t do much more than Friendster, LinkedIn, Tribe etc, but it provides a slightly different way of looking at your network of friends which is interesting. Though kind of creepy. It’s affiliated with Google, and seems to use a PageRankish way of sorting your friends, emphasising those people with most other people counting them as their friends. The invitation to “share the karma, rank your friends” is faintly scary. Want an invitation so you can see what it is? Leave a comment.
update: Right, so of course, I just got my first “be my friend” from a person I don’t know. He might be great! He’d add to my FriendRank and make me more visible in the Orkut networks. But, uh, I don’t think I’ve met him or read his blog or anything. Hm. This Orkut thing is set up for defining even the vaguest connection to someone as “friendship”, even more so than the other social networking systems – the more friends, the cooler you are in the system. You show up at the top of every community you’re in if you have 300 friends. That simple. Hm.