An Elite Circle of Friends

November 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm (internet, odds) (, , , , , , , , )

Now this is an intriguing idea – from a post on failblog – run your Facebook account with a strict friends limit, say of 10.  Then when a new friend request comes in, only accept it if you are willing to delete one of your existing friends …

Well, according to Dunbar’s number, we can only cope with social groupings of 150 or less anyway – and massive Facebook friends lists don’t change that no matter how many people shout to have more than 5000 listed on the site.  In fact, what is a friend anyway on such sites?

In fact, there are social networks that limit your number of contacts – Path does in fact limit you to 150.  But if that is still too many, at the other extreme is Pair – the social networking tool to share and communicate with just one other person.

I wonder if you could combine the ideas of chatroulette (“Broadcasting nudity or suggestive content is not allowed” – yeah right) and facebook and create a friendroulette service – a social network where you always have, say, 20 friends total but every day a new friend is added and one is taken away.

Maybe it could be limited to certain common interests, or maybe just completely random (although probably assuming you speak the same language otherwise it might be a bit pointless).

Or how about a musical chairs social network?  Start with 100 friends, but everyday one drops off the list?  Maybe you get the option to keep the winner as a permanent contact?

Or maybe a network where you are only allowed to add a new friend if someone else has added you and if someone unfriends you, it randomly drops someone from your own list too.

Or possibly a network where you had to earn friendship – it would automatically add you once your paths have crossed a few times and you really have a connection and something to share with each other.  And if you stop talking to each other, the connection fades until its gone completely (a bit like an ant trail).

Geo-fenced social network?  Your list of friends only consists of those who have been in the same physical location that you are now in during a set time period – maybe the last week.  As you move around, the list of people changes creating a link across time to the same space.

Would be one way to beat the Filter Bubble at any rate and introduce a little serendipity back into meeting people.

Kevin

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