It's pretty standard to have never actually met whole reams of your Facebook friends, which seems fine until you remember the kind of fun poking total strangers used to be. For a social network aiming to pull your virtual friendships into reality-reality, join London-launched Uberlife, whose web presence and iApp are now in beta. The lowdown:
The mission: To facilitate and encourage real-world hookups between contacts from popular social media sites. How it could all go horribly wrong: Trick question! Meeting people in person who you originally met over the internet CANNOT go wrong.
How they plan to accomplish it: They have you import your Facebook/Twitter deets (location, likes, photos, friends, etc.). Then they ask you to either create or head to a Hangout: essentially just a time, a place, and a purpose (a gig, drinks after work, getting matching tattoos, etc.). The Hangouts are geo-located, and members are tagged according to likes/interests, so you'll know what you're getting into, at least insofar as likes/interests are indicators of anything other than the compulsion to not leave internet forms blank. How it could all go horribly wrong: When you realize that, while your ironic love for The Darling Buds of May might inspire hilarious Net back-and-forths, it does not inspire people to come to your place for a marathon screening, no matter how hot Catherine Zeta-Jones was.
The catch they hope serves as inducement: You can only become Uberlife "friends" with someone you've actually met at a Hangout. How it could all go horribly wrong: You realize that having 834 friends is really only a good idea in the fake world, especially when the answer to the trick question above turns out to be a trick answer.