I came to Classroom 2.0 without any idea about how things really worked. Even though I've been on Linked In for a while and I sort of knew about the whole friends thing on MySpace, I hadn't experienced it myself.
What I've seen people post so far is that it's a tool to gain visibility, a competition for attention and/or a way to deal with larger crowds. (sorry I don't have the energy to link to these ideas or properly credit them!)
However, none of those things really applies to us. We aren't struggling bands or lonely singles or job hunters. We don't need a list of names to make us feel better about ourselves and we don't have too many people to strain the feeling of community (yet).
So maybe friends won't mean anything to this community. If that's true, it will simply cease to be of interest.
That's not to say that there may be friend features that can be added that create value for the people who are here. So I think the conversation about features is interesting, especially if we can figure out what this specific group of people needs, rather than what we've seen in other places or what can be done technology-wise.
Being a naturally lazy person, leveraging off other's people work is always good. One thing I've found out is that it's got a name, "Friending" and there are "established Friending norms" - who knew? Here's a cool article about this on First Monday
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