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Imagine you have 246,844 friends in cyberspace -- only 18 of whom you actually know. It's possible with Friendster.com, the free online social pyramid that burst on the urban hipster scene eight months ago and has amassed 2 million registered users. Some early users say they have already moved on, turned off by the site's popularity. And copycat pages and anti-Friendster sites have popped up to feed on the interest. Whether they signal a dying fad or a sustained phenomenon, the site's developer is too frenzied to deal with most press inquiries.
The Friendster model of allowing friends to leave testimonials doesn't really provide a true measure of a person's reputation. After all, the person being commented on has to approve your comment before it is even posted.
When will sites start allowing any comment to be posted? That service added to Match.com type sites would be very helpful. Some sites such as OnlineReputation.com are going in that direction.