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Thursday, April 22, 2004

So it's a funny thing. Back when Friendster came out, it was novel and fun, but it broke a lot and was usually painfully slow. Still, I spent a lot of time hanging out there, watching friends appear over time. I've got 94 friends on Friendster.

Then Tribe came out. It was like Friendster only cooler. It was more group oriented. It was cool. I spent a bit of time adding to my profile there. It let you put up a lot more pictures and stuff. I've got 56 friends on Tribe and I started a tribe for Fezziwiggers.

Then Orkut came out. It was supposed to be cooler, but it didn't really work out. It's got some cool features, but mostly it's a whole lot like Tribe, only instead of remembering your login, it forgets if you get distracted for even just 30 minutes. That part sucks. I've got 42 friends and I started 2 communities - another one for Fezziwigs and one for Stanford University Staff.

But then something funny happened. I stopped looking at any of them. Somehow, having three, none of which where the obvious good choice kinda led to me getting disinterested in all of them. I don't go trawling for photos of friends. I don't read the posts in the communities. I check in once in a blue moon, but usually when I get a notice saying "Someone has requested you as a friend" or whatever, it gets tossed with the rest of the junk mail. I don't even think of going to one of these when I'm bored and in the mood to procrastinate on work. I'm not sure, but I think Orkut killed it. I wonder what's going to happen to all of them now, because I can't imagine they're a money making proposition.

I did use Orkut the other day though. I decided that at my birthday party I should have all my favorite foods, but then, no shit, there I was, on the phone with my mom and she says, "Like what?" and I said, "Uhhhhh..." Then I remember that I posted a whole big thing on Orkut in the Favorite Cuisines section. So now my mom is bringing her zucchini bread to my birthday, and grandma's baking her heavenly ginger snaps. And I'm probably going to pick up a pizza at Pizza My Heart and a half dozen burritos from Los Charros. So I guess it's still kinda useful. Or something.

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