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Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Richmond, Virginia
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Re: Need help with friend button...
The internet "Friend" thing started with Facebook. People who are not on Facebook seem somewhat mystified by the "Friend" connection, and usually give it too much significance. Being a Facebook "Friend" merely allows you to see certain people's feeds, photos and personal information on Facebook. The distinction between real, in-person friendship and internet friendship is recognized by most Facebook users.
"Friending" someone is also a nice way to show appreciation for a particular person's posts and point of view. I am a Facebook "Friend" of some folks that I have not had the privilege of meeting in person, or have only had a brief introduction and a handshake, yet I admire them or their work, and I am able to read their posts, share their ideas and see what is going on in their lives.
It is easy to make fun of, but it is a great thing to be able to connect with folks on the internet, without being restricted by geography or circumstances.