Flimsy is where the action is. Seek out flimsy, and you shall be rewarded. As Mark Granovetter explained . . . the counterintuitive key to social networking is that its value doesn't inhere in linking up to your best friends and soul mates.
. . . There's no fresh territory to plunder there. It's those people with whom you have "weak ties" -- the vague acquaintances, that guy or gal you once kind of knew, a little bit -- who offer a path into possibility that you didn't know was there. The essence of social software networks is that they are a clever way to organize access to the networks of people you aren't actually friends with. [salon]
Articles like this always leave me feeling like I should frantically search for yet unconnected friendsters. I'm looking forward to the inevitable publication of a guide to the care and feeding of successful friend networks. That is, if friendster was actually working.