I think it is safe for me to conclude, once again, that the X-Box LIVE Gold subscription has no place in my gaming life. About two months ago, I got a 3-month free access to LIVE Gold and since then, I have played zero seconds of online games on the X-Box 360. I don't care about the other worthless features of the LIVE Gold subscription - I can cross-game chat and even cross-platform chat using Skype or Steam and get access to streams and social sites for free on the Personal Computer. Mind you that it's not that I was never on the 360: I actually like to jump on the 360 usually during the early evening. The friend of mine who was supposed to play some online games with me decided to actually quit LIVE Gold in early April, after failing to appear throughout the month of March. He was the reason why I even considered getting the $1 for a month LIVE Gold subscription because he was insisting that I come back for some online fun: So glad I didn't waste my money. It's not like this is the only time I am left disappointed with my return to LIVE, there was that free month in December of last year and that proved to be useless as well. June 6th is actual date when my LIVE Gold expires. I doubt anything exciting is going to happen before then.
Maybe it would help if the beacons can go beyond your registered friends list.