An anonymous reader writes: Struggling to catch up with perceive competition from Facebook, Microsoft Live Messenger (formally, and more commonly known as MSN Messenger) now treats all of your contacts as friends. Chatting to a 'girl' you meant on the net? Well, next time your girlfriend logs in she'll see "Johnny and Sharpie-Chan are now friends". Instead of distinct conversations to various contacts, it's a great big love-fest where everyone gets to hear who your new-found buddies are. This mistake is similar to changes to Gmail to support Google's Wave, which has hopefully died a quiet death.