News: Blog Maps and the Art of Gathering

 Further to my posting about Friendster, here’s more on how the net seems to be bringing people together physically. Brian Montopoli of Slate wrote earlier this month about ‘blog maps’, where “some industrious blogger posts a subway map of his or her city… and then organizes the city’s blogs by the stop to which they are closest”. These not only “help bloggers find each other, exchange e-mails, meet up for drinks, and then generally do the same things as neighbors who stumble upon each other in the real world” but also provide “an alternative city guide that enables a little point-and-click sightseeing”.