One of my favorite non-search engine related (well it might be search engine related) blogs is Jeremy Zawodny's blog, the Yahoo engineer. I try to go their every day. He had a post today named Orkut takes a step toward being meaningful.... Check it out.
It discusses how now when you add a friend, you can now say what type of "friend" this person is. Options include; haven't met, acquaintance, friend (default) , good friend, best friend.