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Long ago a website instituted a 'friends of' List. We even sort of have one here. Then someone got smart, the first I remember seeing was LiveJournal, and created a friends of your friends list. After all the internet is a big network and you should have a bigger network of people you don't really know, or you might just be the nosey type and want to see who your friends are associating with. 

Microsoft is making it even easier to expand your Friends network on
Xbox LIVE, starting with the Fall Dashboard Update on December 4.
You'll be able to check out the friends lists of fellow Xbox LIVE
members right from the Dashboard. With this new feature, members can
find old friends or connect with new ones within the community of more
than eight million people on Xbox LIVE around the globe and send
messages and game invites, as well as compare games and Achievements.

It sort of sounds like "HomeSpace Security" doesn't it? See the friends of your friends! Watch what they're doing and more importantly WHO they're doing it with! 

Though from a gaming perspective it might be easier to find some people to game with from time to time. "Hey there, I'm a friend of a friend, let's kill each other in some game..." 

With
the prevalence of social media websites such as MySpace and FaceBook,
this type of capability has largely come to be expected from consumers
as a means to relate in an online community. Xbox LIVE continually
seeks new ways to better serve the expectations of its members, which
often result in free enhancements made available through the bi-annual
Dashboard updates.

Friends List Settings
When
the Fall Dashboard update is distributed on December 4, the new default
setting on Xbox LIVE will be active, enabling members to see the
Friends lists of other Xbox LIVE members. If you'd like to keep your
friends list private, you can take the following steps to change your
settings beginning today:

Log in to www.xbox.com/fof and select one of the three options available for your Gamertag:

  • Everyone (only available to members 18 and older)
  • Friends only (available to members 13 and older)
  • Blocked (available to all members, and automatic for anyone under the age of 13)


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