On Monday night we slipped a new link in to the top navigation bar of all marketplaces called "friends." This means that whenever you see a username, you can click on it, then add the person as a "friend." A list will be created on the friends page providing you easy bookmarks to their profiles, their current rank in the marketplace, and their total worth. And of course this doesn't just have to be friendly, it can be competitive too. Have a few office mates or buddies in the offline world you want to compete against? Add them as friends and create your own leader board.
We've also enhanced people's profile pages to include information about when they joined the marketplace, how many trades they've made, how many markets they've created, and their worth. Their latest discussion items in any market are automatically listed along with the markets they are running. And for marketplace administrators, we've added the ability to customize the profiles with up to 10 questions you can ask every trader. For example, ask people what their business unit is, or ask them what book they're currently reading.
This is version 0.1 of friends and profiles in Inkling. Rest assured we have lots of additional ideas we're already hard at work on, but if you have other suggestions of what we should do, we'd love to hear them.