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friending

Sending an invitation to someone to become a "friend" on Facebook or other social networking site. If the individual accepts, they have access to each other's information and updates. Users can even friend a brand in order to be alerted to special offers. Friends can also be "defriended" or "unfriended" later on, which may be considered as much of a personal rejection as not returning phone calls. See Faceslam, Facebook and social networking site.
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The e-cards say things like: "As a reward for signing up for health insurance, I'll defriend you on Facebook.
If it's possible in just a moment to defriend someone or unfriend them on Facebook, then people say, "Why can't I do that in real life?
One of the biggest influences on new language has been the internet, with words such as TWEETUP (a meeting arranged via Twitter), PAYWALL (which restricts website access to subscribers), DEFRIEND (deleting a Facebook friend) and MICROBLOGGING (posting short entries on a blog) all originating online.
She said words such as Tweetup, which means meetings organised via the website, along with Facebook references like defriend, showed the influence of technology on vocabulary.
The trend for internet network sites means the phrases social notworking, anti-social networking and defriend have also been highlighted for consideration.
He also began 'stalking' me on Facebook and Twitter so in the end I had to defriend and block him.
What you should do - and I'm proud of my son for doing this - is change your mobile number or defriend her on Facebook so you're not in touch all the time.
Salpa thought she had dealt with the problem when she managed to defriend the girl from her Facebook and block her email communications.
Paywall (which restricts website access to subscribers only), microblogging (posting short entries on a blog), netbook, viral and defriend have all arrived in our language thanks to the internet.