friending

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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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Opinions --both logical and ludicrous--are impossible to escape in our hyper-connected society, and while I don't know one person who made it through election night without defriending a longtime associate on Facebook, I do know many who would benefit from a healthy dose of hard facts.
Next-level spleen, in other words, is also linked to the threat of defriending that's implicit in friending.
So I hope you'll take a break from either friending or defriending each other to RSVP at Facebook.