currently have 147,897 friends and the number is
skyrocketing. How? Well, apart from being innately charming
and generally lovely to be around, I'm linked to all these people
Friendster, as most call it, is an answer to all those cheesy online
personal services that typically leave you with a creepy camouflaged
feeling the second your profile is posted. When I was first invited
to join Friendster I’ll admit that I was a tad dubious about
it all. I didn't want to fill out an online profile so that some
dude up in Montana could click on my picture and think, “Hot
damn, she's got a purdy mouth.” But Friendster isn't like
that. Friendster is cool.
hot spot Friendster offers yet another way to waste time on
a recent interview for Spin Magazine, the 33-year-old founder of
Friendster, Jonathan Abrams, said, “In real life, you don't
socialize isolated, you do it collaboratively with your friends.”
This is exactly how Friendster works. It’s set up so that
you can help your friends make new friends, make new friends yourself
or if you're looking for love, meet new people to date through your
friends. It's like a giant cocktail party without all the schmoozing.
The process is simple and basically pain-free.
If you haven't been invited yet, just log on to Friendster.com and
sign up. Then you can invite your friends to join by e-mail and
they can invite their friends and so on. Once started, you can browse
through your friends’ profiles and click through their friends’
profiles. And let’s not forget my favorite bit, the testimonials.
There is an option that allows you to write gushing words of endearment
about each and every person that is on your page. These typically
get very creative and fun. I recently wrote a testimonial likening
my friend to a monster truck.
Granted, Friendster isn't all puppy dogs and balloons—there
are some problems with it. The servers are sometimes slow and once
in a blue moon you get an insincere invitation from people who just
want to have zillions of Friendsters on their pages. I’ve
only received one such invitation from a guy called Gweedo Mofo. He
claims to be a pimp. Whatever! Gweedo, if you're reading this,
you are as pimpesque as that guy who cleans crap out of the elephant
cage at the zoo.
There is also the issue of price. Friendster is currently free,
but who knows for how long. The free testing days are few. Fortunately,
Abrams isn't planning on charging an arm and a leg and there will
be some accoutrements once the site officially launches. There
are plans for instant messaging and a better search engine.
All this aside, Friendster.com is a vast improvement on all those
other online personals. It provides a sense of security because
you're able to create your own private and personal community with
people you or your friends already know.