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Subject: what's the point of having friends?
Date Posted: 1/13/2015 12:57 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2008
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is there some advantage to having them. I think I have about 5 of them right now but not sure what that does for me.

Date Posted: 1/13/2015 1:07 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Having Friends comes in handy if you do different things around the site.

As a Gold Key member, when I post a book, I can see if any of my Friends are wishing for it, before I post it regularly. (So, I can check a stack of books to see if there are any Friends to whom I can send multiple books, thus saving postage).

It also comes in handy if you play in games, because you can send PMs to multiple friends together.

Also, I use Friends to keep track on members who either had interesting bookshelves (that I want to check out later) or who had Wish Lists that I could post multiple books to.

So, my Friends generally consist of people with similar reading interests, or people that I play in games with (who are also likely to be people with similar reading interests).

Date Posted: 1/13/2015 4:07 PM ET
Member Since: 11/9/2008
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Is there any way to go about sorting users based on similarities? I think I need to rate more books, but I always seem to have a pretty low compatibility score.

I just use friends to see if they have any books on their WL and I haven't posted them up yet. Just recently, I have added mine depending on swappers who notify me quickly in trades and say thank you.

Date Posted: 1/13/2015 4:34 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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Catheline, you might seek out like-minded readers in the various genre forums, to find folks who like things that you do too.

Date Posted: 1/13/2015 4:53 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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I tag my friends. So there are different tag clusters. This lets you PM just the tag group. So I can send a PM to folks from swap games. Let's me find the members that I have marked as giving me a great deal on children's readers. 

Date Posted: 1/17/2015 10:20 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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Like others, I friend people who have interesting bookshelves or similar reading tastes. Some of them are friends...we've exchanged PMs about an author or genre and have gotten to know each other a bit and will share new authors that we have enjoyed. I too am a gold key member and when I post a WL book, I would much rather post it to a PBS Friend because they will usually accept it promptly as opposed to having the request roll thru the general population, where I have often experienced a WL book going thru multiple members before it is accepted. Because I am posting WL books to friends, I also am offered WL books faster as those same friends will post WL books directly to me too. Having PBS Friends has definitely enriched my experience here!

Date Posted: 1/17/2015 11:26 AM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
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Those tags are awesome and Pming the tag group is even more awesome.  I don't have much cause to use it here but on a sister site I use it when I host a game.  Really makes things easier.  

Date Posted: 1/18/2015 8:44 AM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2009
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Friends are what you make of them in life or in pbs. Some of mine here have become close friends for various reasons. We begin with a swap and pm to find out more about interests, etc. Last year I actually met up with two pbs friends that I had a special connection with: First, we all live  in the same state, although in different areas. Second, we are all close in age, even our birthdays are close together. We met at a beautiful museum in a centrally located city and spent the day together. There was a great restaurant in the museum where we took a long break for a good meal and non-stop talking, and even exchanged books with each other before we departed. A fun, memorable experience.