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ORKUT: NOW I'M SPECIAL

I resisted as long as I could, but here I am on Orkut. (I keep wanting to call it "Orkster.") Others have griped about its flaws more fluidly than I can. For one thing, it's biased towards Orkut superstars. In my "Friends" list, I have to scroll down to see my closest friends (Lane and Sharyn) because they have "only" 5 Orkut friends each. Instead I see the heavy hitters: Matt Haughey, Rannie Turingan, Anil Dash. Probably because they're nice enough to let an idiot like me, who has only met them once, call them "friend." So it's the popularity contest of Friendster all over again. I should be able to say who my good friends are and give them more importance.

You know what though? It's fun. Lori and I wondered whether Dean Blogger-in-Chief Mathew Gross was gay or straight. Tall, cute, shaved head, earring, and Lori wasn't picking up any "straight guy vibes" when we interviewed him. Well whaddya know, he's married! Straight as the day is long. God Bless America, and good night.

.danah - who is researching social networks - is irritated by her own popular Orkut profile.

Christian Crumlish sent this funny and timely email:

ok, you guys have now knocked .danah off my top-nine friends view on my dashboard (why can't we order and sort other wys?), so now it's nine guys. i may have to drop one of you guys, no hard feelings, just to improve the scenery on my orkut home page.


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    February 4, 2004 at 02:07 AM in Web/Tech | Permalink

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    The internet may will be used as a scapegoat by critics in DFA post-mortems. Tucker Carlson already compared Dean to Pets.com on CNN last night.

    But somebody went to those rallies; somebody said "Dean!" to the pollsters when they called. Somebody gave record amounts of money to Dean.

    Weinberger's response to the Shirky piece asks the right question: why didn't vote at the polls?

    During 2003 lots of people loved getting fired up by Dean the cheerleader, and encouraging him. But apparently many didn't think he was really the right person to be President.

    Posted by: Chuck T. at Feb 4, 2004 10:15:46 AM

    I also heard the Pets.com reference last week, and the "bubble bursting"
    comment, also refering to the internet. This just makes it all the more
    obvious that the (mainstream)media is trying to belittle the power of
    the internet as a forum and a voice for the people.

    Posted by: Lorika at Feb 4, 2004 12:30:14 PM

    Or else it's the easiest way to dismiss Dean.
    Again, people didn't vote for Dean much in many states.
    There are reasons for that.
    But dismissing it with "bah, internet hype!" is lazy.
    And misses the real story of what a campaign like DFA could mean in the future.

    Posted by: Chuck T. at Feb 4, 2004 1:12:16 PM

    Tucker Carlson is a knob, has always been a knob, and always will be.

    He's near the top the list of political commentators that i would most like to see dropped off a tall building.

    Disclaimer in case Carlson is actually dropped off a building: i have no such list and would really not like to see him dropped off a tall building. Maybe pushed off a dock into a lake. Or pied. That would be cool.

    Posted by: lane at Feb 4, 2004 1:53:58 PM

    Tucker Carlson: Smarmy Bastard.

    Up until Iowa, Dean's "inside the Net bubble" popularity was underscored by polls. I think everyone expected a strong finish. Once you get to Iowa there are so many variables. Maybe Kerry and Edwards spoke Iowan's language better than Dean, or liked their (derivative) message. There was Gephardt and Kerry going after Dean, the orange-hatted Deaniacs and the attitude some of them had, the media... then The Scream shot a hole in the bottom of the boat.

    I haven't read *every* Dean-Net article yet, but they were clearly overwhelmingly successful at using the Net to organize (rather, allow people to organize themselves) and fundraise. The campaign was also a conversation, albeit among Dean supporters. They were working on the online-offline connection with regular folks, a nut the next successful Net-driven campaign will have to crack.

    Posted by: Chuck at Feb 4, 2004 2:55:09 PM

    So what do I have to do to be invited on Orkut? Huh?

    Posted by: spacewaitress at Feb 4, 2004 8:09:53 PM

    Hey, you're on a dating fast remember? If you're single Orkut is like instant dating service. Because I love you, I'm not gonna invite you. Sorry.

    (I bet Lane or Sharyn would give in though...)

    Posted by: Chuck at Feb 4, 2004 8:17:31 PM

    Okay, I don't have any willpower... just sent you an invite. Let me know if you don't get it.

    Posted by: Chuck at Feb 4, 2004 8:44:16 PM

    Dangit, I would have beaten you on the draw...but I was tuned in to the 100th episode of Angel.

    Posted by: Sharyn at Feb 4, 2004 9:14:54 PM

    are you on yet? i need more friends so i can show up on chuck's page. right now i'm on the B-list.

    Posted by: lane at Feb 4, 2004 10:57:16 PM