Also, REALLY. Sign up at http://friendica.johnmichaelswartz.com and give it a whirl. Let me know if you have any problems or questions. #friendica has like, all the bells and whistles and it can be a bit overwhelming. It would be really helpful to everyone to have a few people test this out.
First thing most of you will want to do is connect with Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr, which yours truly spent many hours setting up (it turned out I was pointing to the wrong version of PHP... whatever).
Don't forget to add me as a contact: firstname.lastname@example.org