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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Wednesday, 28 November 2007

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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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