I already have accounts on a whole heap of social networking sites - Orkut, Livejournal, OkCupid, Gaydar..

I've just discovered one more site that's decided it's a social networking site, and wants me to add people to my friends list - Amazon!

Why? Why? I want to buy books from Amazon, not meet people! There's even a spot there for me to upload a picture - perhaps they think being able to see my face is going to help them suggest books for me?

Strangely, I didn't find out about this from Amazon - I have a Google Alert for the term "James Polley", which found this and mailed me about it. Hurrah for Google!

Update: Within an hour of posting the above, I had one amazon friend already. It's gratifying to know that people do actually read this, but at the same time, it's very sad seeing how much time some people have on their hands.