The other day I logged in on Friends Reunited. It’s a UK web site that captured the market for “Where are they now?” social networking. Every now and again I log in to check the list of people I remember from school but haven’t been in contact with since, and see if any of them have succumbed to a well-deserved terminal illness.

Anyhow, I was scanning down the list of names and noticed one in particular. “Hey,” I thought to myself, “I remember him. He was one of the few people in the class who wasn’t a complete shit. I should look up what he’s doing these days.”

So I did. And I discovered that he’s now a spokesman for a company that sells outgoing call equipment to telemarketers.

Not quite as disturbing as the friend who gleefully announced he had managed to get his dream job with Microsoft, but close.