Some ideas for cultivating a better community on The Verge.

I'm farily new to The Verge so I'd like to start off by saying how much I enjoy the site and how much I appreciate the professionalism and passion of both its authors and readership.

One thing that I find lacking, though, is a more direct social experience within the community. The forums are great, as are the subgroups (mstribe,applecore etc). However, it would be great if we were able to do things such as follow other commentors or see replies/be able to reply back to comments from our profile page. As many issues as there are on other sites (read:Gizmodo) one thing that made it a really fun community to engage in at first was that it facilitated one to one social interactions (at least to some extent). I would love to see The Verge elaborate on some of those concepts and foster deeper interaction between readers as well as author (maybe including more elaborate profiles). Anways, that's my two cents. Keep up the good work!

Please let me know if some of these features do exist and I am just ignorant about them.