Hey, there's a lot of buzz about "social networking", software and sites that connect people for purposes including dating.
Friendster is the best example, though it's easy to question if it creates a real atmosphere of intimacy. I just don't know; I have a network of over a million people, without trying at all. With some "first mover" advantage, they have a good shot at survival.
The Chronicle talks about buzznet, which is a photo blogging community,just starting, which really seems to connect people.
Maybe any real social networking success will come from sites where people are doing it primarily from passion, just trying to pay the bills, who knows?
I'm beginning to feel that success requires organic growth over a period of years.
I should add that I know these guys, worked with them a long time ago, '95, and feel that they really do have good motivations.
The Chron article, really good, is here.