Orkut and a bit of thinking on on-line networking tools
It's funny to see the blogosphere getting infected by Orkut: from announcements to getting invited and first reviews (1, 2, 3, 4) in weblogs I read.
So, I'm there as well. It's fun to browse the network and especially to see how it changes just over a few hours. I'm not sure what I'll do there: I don't feel like revealing personal information (those who close enough know anyway), as others I don't know how to decide how strong should be my connection with someone to be counted as a "friend", and I'm not comfortable inviting others to one more networking tool before I see the value (but if you want to get invited - let me know :)
A couple of related quotes:
Anil Dash: In the future, everyone will have his or her own social software application, and then try sending out invitations to their friends to have them join it. Everyone's worried about the services being centralized, but with five billion of them sprouting up, we'll be completely decentralized. It'll be just like our email address books!
Stefan Smalla (re: Friendity, a German on-line networking platform): so far, we have not come up with a way to classify relationships that fulfills the following criteria: (a) unified usage for all membrs, (b) non-overlapping (at least not too much), (c) complete (at least almost), and most importantly (d) understandable by the mainstream user as well as (e) not forcing the member to declare what he does not want to declare.
Update: the offer to send an invitation is only for the people I know. Sorry if you are not the one.