jetboyca posted recently (though it seems to have disappeared) about the difficulty of meeting new people... and as I sit here staring at my computer, with my merged buddylist of people I really don't want to talk to or at least don't have anything to say to, I consider the same thing. It may seem lame, but I miss the days of AOL chat rooms (a/s/l anyone?) and IRC (complete with channel splits and op wars). At least with the latter you could eventually end up at someone's house at an "IRC party", where I actually did meet quite a few interesting people.
The nice thing about these services is that there really wasn't anything else... so everyone was there. Now it seems like there are so many different options that you don't know who's who on which network, and even if you figure that out it's all such a meat market now anyway that meeting people for friends is just a polite way of getting out of sex with someone you've decided just isn't hot enough.
So yeah... I'm not expecting a response or resolution to this issue... and I know I could go out and have a life or something... but what if I just want to sit here and ponder the meaning of life with a bunch of like minded individuals?