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Friday, December 21, 2021

If the concept of collecting faux friendships ala Facebook and MySpace doesn’t turn you on, maybe social networking based on people and things you hate is more your speed:

Over the past 18 months, sites such Snubster, Enemybook and Hatebook are appealing to Internet users who get a kick out of the tongue-in-cheek humor of mocking their friends and others who are just plain cynical.

“I didn’t understand these fake-friend war chests that people were so busy building online,” said Bryant Choung, a technology consultant who started Snubster last year.

“I would get Facebook requests from people I talked to for three minutes at a bar or party, and now this person wants to go online to peruse all of my photos and contacts. I just didn’t get it,” the 26-year-old added.

All three sites are amusing. It looks like Enemybook is the most polished; I especially like their use of a Godfather tagline, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”.

I guess this backlash amounts to “antisocial networking”. Are fake enemies more valuable, or at least endearing, than fake friends?

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/21/2007 09:28:23 PM
Category: Internet, Comedy, Society
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