A few thousand (well, more like 100,000) lucky gamers can now use the new Steam community features announced this week by Valve.
The new features, which include organised hubs for each game, new group organisation, updates about your uploaded content, and a new friend interface, are now operating in a beta, according to an update from Valve.
The first 50,000 players who have earned the "Pillar of the Steam Community" badge will be allowed into the beta, and will be given an invite for a friend. That badge is earned by linking one's Facebook profile to their Steam profile, which of course helps Steam move one step down the path to total world domination.
Clever, Valve. Very clever.