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Like there aren’t enough “friends” in your life already . . .

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Not another online dating service . . . Yes, but this one is much less anonymous. Friendster (www.friendster.com) is based on the principle that you’re more likely to get along with your friends’ friends, and friends of their friends, than with perfect strangers, whether you’re looking for a new lover or just another friend.

How do I join? You get an e-vite from a friend, and are connected to everyone else who’s connected to them. (Or—loser!—sign up yourself.) Then scroll through your ever-widening “personal network.” (Someone else likes “vegan hipster shoes”!) Warning: Some people are already complaining about social-climbing e-vites from “friends” out to network.

How many “friends” could I end up with? Friendster has over 268,000 users (up from 2,000 in January). But never forget, your friend’s friend can be your enemy. . . .


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