Online social networking sites are nothing new for most people these days. Between sites like MySpace and Facebook, it is hard to keep up with all that goes on, not to mention escape all that you really don't want to be a part of. On the one hand (Facebook), you can be instantly updated and alerted the minute your friends do anything, on the other hand (MySpace), you can be bombarded by friend requests from anyone and everyone under the sun - forget the fact that you will most likely never know these "friends".
Actually, it's sites like these that make me feel slightly weary of joining in the first place--especially as an out transperson. Why can't there be a site that is truly about networking, keeping in touch with friends, building community, and not worrying about being contacted by creepy Internet strangers?
Not the most tech savvy person in the world, my interns have laughed at me for believing that Facebook had magical powers that just knew who people were in photographs when I roll my cursor over people (it's called "tagging"...who knew?), and MySpace had gone from hot to not before I even got around to setting up a profile. Yet, I am an early adopter on FriendsYouKnow.com.
Finally, a social networking site that I have had the privilege of getting to know about before the majority of the country! Full disclosure: I know about FYK because I was hired to give input early on (not techie input, mind you).
What is new and what I truly appreciate about FriendsYouKnow.com is that it is by and for LGBTQ and Allies, and it supports equality (financially and otherwise). FYK is a paid subscription site, but I don't feel bad about opening my wallet because 10% of all subscription fees are going back to LGBTA non-profits that are fighting the good fight (like PFLAG National, CenterLink, and National Youth Advocacy Coalition to name a few). Finally, a social networking site that gives back to the community (beyond helping one find a dinner date).
I hope to see many familiar faces at FYK, especially since the Beta phase just launched. Ooo, I said "beta phase"....don't I know my Web stuff now!