Today, 7:56 PM · 148 replies and 5343 views.
Yes indeed - you can send a friend request to any other player, and if they accept, you can see which system they are in on the galaxy map - I suspect a good few people's friends lists grew quite a bit last night. Sorry you didn't know that.
FWIW - I also didn't know that Salome and the others were accepting all friend requests, and I only figured that out afterwards.
I suspect that will be one of the lessons learned from this - if you want to run an event like this and the entire focus is on a small group of characters, they should put it in the event rules that all friend requests will be accepted by those characters.
Also, there have been other big community events run by groups, in particular the Hutton Truckers, but they were not all based on one particular character or a few surviving the event - it was more of a convoy, with the lead group broadcasting openly on Twitch, and others were simply encouraged to make their own fun. In this case, it was more difficult because the event, by...