i'm quite partial to friendster, and not just because 8.5 of my 15 minutes were used up by a story about Friendster on world news tonight ... i think the greatest thing about Friendster is that it proves that we really are all connected, that the six degrees theory is completely right, that our e-relationships really enhance the global village concept. for a little while i was convinced that we could use Friendster to change the world, by injecting memes out to our 'networks' that could do something rad. like if we all decided to buy ziggy stardust next friday, we'd totally spike bowie's album sales, and then the media-type people in our networks could write stories or do segments about the rise in bowie's popularity and he'd be all over the media and then non-network people would want to latch onto to the bowie renaissance and they'd all go out and buy bowie albums.
or we could raise the global profile and CD sales of anyone we wanted to ... like if i could convince all 2 million people in my network to buy a long winters album, that would be ... um ... 2 million CDs sold. which is double platinum. not like record sales *matter* but, yeah. you know.
or if everyone agreed to use the term 'worming out' as a euphemism for 'having sex' and we all stuck to it and suddenly that term penetrated the vernacular and then jennifer aniston said it on Friends (because surely someone in someone's friendster network writes for Friends) and then the whole world would start saying it. i'm just jealous that SNL and the Simpsons get to launch all the catchphrases; i was thinking a grassroots approach would be fun.
or we could use our networks for political purposes and lead the campaign to disarm the world's nukes. or impeach so-called prexy bush. people have the power, yo, that's all i'm saying.
but then again, Friendster is so six months ago. and its street cred is gone. but it was fun when it was new and exciting and i think that the whole testimonial phenomenon made everyone a little happier.