For a while
I've been sorting my MySpace "top friends" by themes rather than social
preference. I change the theme each week and haven't really had
repeats so far (except where not everyone was featured in a given
Here are some I've come up with so far.
Relationships and interests
People I've gone exploring with
Other explorers I know (but haven't
People with good blogs
People who don't never fucking blog
Couples (e.g., Brindle and Mark, etc.)
Karaoke people (i.e., have performed
fav karaoke bar)
My bride and groomsmaids
Bands I like
Musicians (not necessarily in a band)
Dead friends (profiles of deceased
such as Spalding Gray, Syd Barret, etc.)
Friends who got comment bombed (Beth,
Early adopters (on MySpace before me)
Fictional and/or funny assortments
of characters/profiles (usually accomplished by collecting fake
for expressly this purpose.
The Death Star Wrecking Crew (Luke,
Han, and Chewie)
Dark Lords of the Sith (Darth Sidious,
Maul, Darth Tyrannus, and Darth Vader)
Mt. Rushmore (Washington, Jefferson,
Pink Floyd (Syd Barret, Roger Waters,
Wright, and David Gilmour)
The Fantastic Four (Mr. Fantastic,
Girl, Human Torch, and The Thing)
Plays on names
Twins (e.g. Elizabeth and Elizabeth)
More Twins (more of the same)
Not twins (e.g., Tim and Tom, Allen
Friends whose name spell SANDWICH
first initial of individuals in that week's Top 8).
Brought to you by the letter A
Brought to you by the letter J
One-syllable names, part II
Amygos (friends named Amy, etc.)
The Kellys (friends named Kelly,
More twins (i.e., Katt and KAT, Ian
Compound names (e.g., Coffinnail, etc.)
Alliterative names (Jake Johansen,
Royalty (names beginning with Princess
Lady or Emperor, etc.)
Friends whose names are in ALL CAPS
Friends who want to "ax" you something
they're holding a guitar in the pics)
Potent potables (holding a beer, etc.)
Guys (and dolls) with hats
Girls who wear glasses
Guys with glasses
Friends who have it made in their
About the main picture
I wish there was a way to partition
friends into groups for easy sorting. It would be fun (and
if I could categorize my friends on the other pages (besides my main
either publicly or privately, in other ways. Even alphabetically,
What are they looking at (looking in a
1+1=2 (two entities in a shot, pets
Black and white
Camera-shy people (i.e., have pictures
People who change their main pic all
The color red (i.e., predominantly red)
The color orange (ditto)
The color green (ditto)
The color blue (ditto)
The color purple (ditto)
Too close to the water (i.e., water in
People in Halloween costumes
Halloween themed (i.e., pics of
if not costumes)
Frames around picture
Drawings instead of a photo
Cropped in the frame
Circles (circles feature prominently)
Diminishing (4, 3, 2, 1 friends in
across my Top Friends list)
For example, I could organize my
by levels of interaction or how I know them, most people talk about
"real" friends and their on-line friends. I guess you could break
it down even further into:
and maybe even:
Real-world friends I knew before
Real-world friends I met through
MySpace friends I've talked to on the
MySpace friends I've never met in the
MySpace people who found me through a
(or a friend of a friend) who I've randomly added because they seemed
but I will probably never take the trouble to meet in the real world
One of my friends (she knows who she
is) predicted it wouldn't take long before I shifted over to more
Top 8 lists. She was right, of course, but I haven't had the urge
to 7 or 8 people at a time, at least not among my friends.
they would just drop off the list as soon as I posted it, so where's
fun in that? Unless you want to be on one of these lists.
so, I'll pencil you in.
I never really came up with any
but, here, how do these sound?
People I keep around just to be
by the scattered showers of drama in their lives.
People (girls, obviously) who have
in saphitic activities in my fantasies.
People (again, girls) I totally want
in goth make-up and/or something latex (probably with a cape).
People who are ADD and don't know it.
People I would stalk if I had more
more energy, and gas was cheaper.
People who post too damned many
Friend collectors who never even
introduce themselves; they just spam me with requests. (Oh,
Never mind. I delete those requests.)
Hmmm. Any other categories you
can think of? I'm not creative enough to come up with more.
That and I need to devote more time to filling out surveys to repost.
This week's Top Friends...
...are real-world folks I knew
before MySpace (arranged in order of appearance in my life story; Robin
...have sculptures as their main pic.
...are near rocks and other hard places.
...are my version of Color Me
(Red and green profile pics.)
...are vintage. (Especially
Happy Birthday, Barry!)
...Halloween leftovers. Great
guys! Thanks for posting. (In costume from parties, etc.)
...are babyfied! (Pictures of/with
...are stand-ups. (Standing
in the shot.)
...come in pairs. (I've done this
theme before, but it's been a while, so somewhere between most and all
of these are new.)
...are two of a kind for the second time.
...are funny characters (in their names).
...offer salutations. (People
...are all Jens.
...think their avatar is sooooooo
(Close-up shots of their eye.)
...the final round (for a while) of the
...are guitar people (another re-run
...are gypsy jazzers.
...are Rockabilly Rebels.
...electronic artists I dig.
...Halloween leftovers. Great
guys! Thanks for posting.
...are retarded too.* (Nobody wants to
see pictures of your kids, dammit! Or mine.)
...are Halloween maniacs.
...come in pairs. (2.5 in
...have the longest damn user names.
...have legs and they know how to use
...smell like Halloween!
...are getting their Halloween on.
some of them look like this all the time.)
...don't give a Shift.
...NEED TO STOP YELLING!
...is raining cats and dogs!
...are funnier than you.