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A Hot Spin on Social Networking

RedDate LLC has found a unique way to establish its presence in the already crowded online community market. The web site, which will officially launch in March, is the brainchild of Nathaniel Newton, a 26-year-old systems administrator for Abn Amro Bank and creator of the upstart dating Web site

With, Newton wants to infuse new life into online discussion groups by employing the same widely-accepted theory that worked effectively for Six, which is that people are linked to each other through seemingly invisible connections or only "six degrees of separation". For Newton's new online community, the emphasis will be on creating the largest, most interactive conglomeration of fan clubs on the Web. will feature a variety of categories to suit just about any interest or fan worship, including sports, television shows, movies and groups devoted to various pop culture icons. Plus a feature that allows members to post classified ads.

"I think it's safe to sell stuff to a friend of a friend than to a stranger," said Newton. "I'm looking to change people's views about online communities. People want something different that's going to get them excited about logging in every day."

Innovative use of popular technology will play a large part in FriendFan's Success. Members will be able to upload images captured by cameras in wireless devices such as cell phones and PDAs. The Web site will feature a celebrity snapshots section where amateur paparazzi will be able to instantly post photos of their unsuspecting, or maybe not so unsuspecting, subjects.

Members will be able to communicate through the Web site's own messaging system. They will be notified through their main email address whenever new messages arrive from other members., which debuted a little over four months, already has over 4,000 members world-wide and 1,600 active profiles to browse. The Web site also features such innovative touches as video conferencing and a quirky chat room interface called Penguin Chat, whereby members are represented by cartoon penguins that have the ability to lob virtual snowballs at one another. Newton is banking on similiar technological flourishes to assure the success of

"I'm always going to be adding new features to keep people coming back," said Newton.

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