Since social networking is so hip…

…I wonder if I should add it to BME?

I've been thinking that the buddy list system could really easily be expanded to include some more information, such as the “type of link” between people (ie. are they on your buddy list because you think their page is cool, because you know them online, offline, whatever). If that was done, you could do things like ask the system, “do I know any plumbers near me?” — IAM could then reply with something like “Your friend (username) knows (username) in (location) who is a (search-criteria).”

Obviously there are privacy issues to seriously consider first, but it could be fun and it's a really simple system. Where it gets really useful is when you start talking about chained IAM servers (ie. like Rachel's aviation site, etc) and chained buddy lists (since some people will have accounts that map to multiple servers)…

Anyway, back to my work on this update. I really want to get some work done on my flight simulator software, and I have to patch a couple problems on IAM as well so I hope it goes fast.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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