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Reading Steven Johnson's story [discover] about dodgeball reminded me that I signed up for the service a long time ago and never used it.

Maybe this is because I'm not so sure I'm keen on knowing where 2nd degree contacts are in relation to me. Although it does seem passive enough that it might be the sort of thing that I'd like.

Is anyone using it? Do you like knowing who you know in a ten block radius?

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I haven't signed up yet because I haven't had a cell phone that really supported it, but when I get my new one early next week I'll probably join.

Does the 2nd degree contacts feature mean that friends of friends - people you potentially don't even know - will be able to know when they're close to you? If so, is there a way to disable that/
I really don't know. I'd guess there must be some sort of setting somewhere, but I haven't done anything with my account.
I suppose I'm a bit torn between totally fucking creeped out and totally intrigued.
yeah. me too.

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yeah. me too.

i'm pretty sure that I don't even know enough people for it to be useful. esp. since many of the people I do know tend to be late- or never-adopters.
I signed up, but I've never used it. Because 1)the people I know and want to hang out with are generally in only a handful of places and if I want to see them i can call/text. 2) It would probably crush my productivity to know that friends are mere blocks away having fun, while I'm up to my elbows in dirty dishes or laundry or whatever. 3) I don't want to deal with any potential "why didn't you come hang out?" drama that could be stirred up by my staying put. 4) If I'm already out with a friend, I'm out with a friend and I'd feel rude to be asking others to come along/giving the impression that i'm looking for something better.

All of this is probably because I'm just too old.
I think their useful idea is the friends-of-a-friend (whose # you might not have) in your radius, except everyone seems pretty horrified about actually using that feature.

the whole thing would probably make me even more paranoid about strangers than usual.

i barely want to see my friends that often.

plus, i feel weird when I'm at a party and I recognize half the crowd from their LJ userpics. Those half-aware, awkward introductions are becoming all too commonplace in my life these days.

Re: i barely want to see my friends that often.

the site is probably more adopted in cities that don't celebrate their introversion.

Re: i barely want to see my friends that often.

livejournal celebrity is incredibly rough.

Re: i barely want to see my friends that often.

i've seen you places before, too!
If you like getting a txt every other evening at 11:30pm just as you're going to bed that says "[name] is at Baltic Room, join him!" then you should totally sign up!
that does sound pretty awesome.
my friend harryh (in ny) is really into it, and then google acquired the company and so now he gets to work on it.
it does seem like the sort of thing that would work better in really dense metro areas (which is generally where it's available, but there's a pretty significant density difference between manhattan and seattle).
i think the idea behind it is really neat, and it's an interesting way to potentially meet the people in your neighborhood who would otherwise just be nameless faces to you.

in practice, it seems like it would be awful. and i suspect the more popular it gets, the more irritating it will be. if there's anything the friendsfriends feature for paid LJ accounts has taught me, it's that most of my friends are pretty cool, but most of their friends really suck. (i mean, uh, not including me. cough.)
yeah. I just can't imagine knowing whether to take any of the theoretical messages seriously. Showing up someplace where someone's friends are supposedly hanging out would be beyond weird.