On Saturday, I popped down to the MeetroHQ via CalTrain, for a fun BBQ. There were hotdogs (of the real variety), hamburgers, and lots of beer. Lots of beer. I spent the CalTrain ride home sound asleep. In any case, the BBQ was loads of fun. I met a number of interesting and attractive people, gorged myself on the bbq food, and witnessed random stripping. Meetro is definitely a bunch of cool cats who know how to throw a good party. I'll be back at the next one, especially since I missed riding in the rickshaw.
In any case, the party got me thinking about Web 2.0 social networking. Since it hit the mainstream, I've completely avoided the revolution. Sure, I was chatting and meeting people on Prodigy and AOL in my early teens, I used personal ads when most people thought it was "weird" to meet people online, and I still know all my IRC commands. My only analysis is that I was always dating someone when the geek->mainstream switch was happening, so I completely missed the boat. I've been complaining for the past year that I'm "too old" and I don't fit into the 18-25 demographic anymore, but if car dealers can use MySpace, then surely I can. So today, I've started a myspace profile. Add me if you're on.
If you haven't checked out Meetro, I highly suggest downloading it. It's sorta like MySpace+AIM. Since Meetro knows your location, you can find people who live near you and chat with them. Back in the old days, IM was all about chatting with (the few) people all over the world that actually used it. Now that everyone has it, I don't really want to chat with some random person in France, whom I'll probably never meet. I'm eminjay on Meetro, if you want to hit me up!