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21 July 2005

AIM Fight

It's interesting to see AIM getting in on the popularity game being played with their software elsewhere (e.g. at BuddyZoo).

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Why Fight?
What can fighting really prove? Using a complicated algorithm, AIM Fight crawls through the depths of the Internet to answer the all-important question that plagues us all: How popular am I right this second?

How do I win?
Your score is the sum of the current number of people online who have you listed as a buddy, out to three degrees. This means the score is constantly changing, and the winner of the battle will constantly change with it.

How can I increase my score?
You can’t! You need to get people to add you to their Buddy List window, and have more people add those people to their Buddy List windows, and have even more people add those people to their Buddy List windows. Your own Buddy List window doesn’t matter in the score.

What’s AIM Rank?
If your score happens to be in the top 5% of all AIM users online, we’ll show you where you rank in comparison to the others in the top 5%.

If you don’t see your rank, it means you’re not in the top 5%. Remember, not ranking doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. It just means that people who have you listed as a buddy might not be online.

(Via Waxy links, aka 'infocombot'.)

They've done a good job of making something fun without entering the murkily obsessive world of IMChaos and IMWatching. And it's smart that the outcome is in constant flux.

See also: Friendster Pachinko

Update: According to this article in the Washington Post, AOL just increased the number of people allowed to be on a user's buddy list from 200 to 450. This all ties together very nicely for them.

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you've 904 buddies?! i feel so inadequate. that's gotta be p/shop brushwork. you've 9 maybe... ;-)

Posted by: James Boardwell at 27 Jul 2005 18:40:11

Nah, as far as I understand, it's friends, friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends who are online now. AIM doesn't even allow you to have more than 450.

Posted by: Foe at 27 Jul 2005 19:18:11

can everyone add me to ur buddylist and tell me to add urs so it increased mine and urs at the same time!!! PLEASE ..... I BEG U!!! sn: "kurchikid"

Posted by: kurchi at 24 Mar 2006 00:35:09

add me i need someone to talk to

Posted by: rockanimeter at 2 Sep 2006 10:57:39

can everyone add me to ur buddylist and tell me to add urs so it increased mine and urs at the same time!!! PLEASE ..... I BEG U!!! sn: "mjistheman07"

Posted by: John at 26 Sep 2006 11:48:56