and thanks for posting some creative thoughts regarding this component.
My idea was displaying a short first-sight info whether there are new members or not to regular community visitors. The member names are shown when hovering the image with your mouse pointer BTW.
More members or all members (add friend option included) can be easily displayed by means of the Ossn Search function: Simply leave the search field blank and press Enter. And that's why I see no need to add the same functionality to this component a second time.
Of course you can modify my work to be more suitable for your own community. Right this is the idea of open source. :)