I feel betrayed by Friendster. A year ago, I signed up on the social networking site, and I recommended a few friends who might want to join me. They didn't pay much attention, and I never did anything of Friendster. Since then, Friendster has tumbled in popularity as other networks such as MySpace have grown. But in its hunt for new members, Friendster has dusted off my recommendations and reissued them to my friends. Who says I'd want to recommend Friendster now? And who says those people are still my friends? (They are, but I'm making a rhetorical point.) I feel as though I've aided and abetted a Friendster spamming operation.
By the way, a few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Friendster. Since then, a trickle of comments has continued to flow to that post. I have the sense that these are newcomers to Blogspotting, and I'm betting that there's only one post in the history of Blogspotting that they're interested in. (Please tell me I'm wrong, commenters!) In fact, the post serves only as a formal heading for a conversation they're having with their community. There are 36 comments there, and counting. A similar phenomenon has occurred at Tech Beat, where Rob Hof's post on the Freecycle Network has gathered 76 comments in the last two months.
I find this fascinating. It's like having a big party, and in one corner there's a lively group of people who don't have much to do with everyone else. They're welcome all the same.