Free still have a account although havent played in some time, i have created a new toon to see how it all feels, camera is a bit strange especially when you launch, so used to turning camera but it just seems to zoom in, very odd.
I am on Comojo sometimes not done much other than look at my pretty ships that are sitting in empire space, do some missions to get some isk other than that not much, suppose eve not much of solo game for to long
if you see me on fee free to chat, not sure if the peoples places works anymore mine all says offline, even when i added my other account (he can see me online but i cant see him online)
You both have to add each other as 'notify when online' or something. It was to stop people being able to add characters and always know when they're online. Only if both characters add each other does it actually tell you.
If the camera zooms in you probably have a setting you don't want. Either tracking camera on (will focus on your selected object) or something that forces it to zoom in close. It definitely isn't like that for me.