I consider the folks who have been consistent in their visits to my blog as friends. That took some time however. It did not happen with the request button at one end and the accept button at the other. I figure I will accept a friend request from anyone, but reserve the right to not consider them friends, but more as folks I exchange words and ideas with.
I haven't paid attention to my "friend count". I know it is higher than when I gave FB another chance a week or so ago. I have no idea who has "unfirended" me, with the exception of one fellow from my high school days who took the time to send me a message that he was indeed "unfriending" me and why.
It was not that we are politically opposed to each other, though we are definitely on opposing sides. It was because I somehow was able to place a comment on one of his other friend's pages that apparently was not held in high regard. Remember, we don't look at the world through the same rose colored glasses.
First of all, the offending comment was nothing to get panties in a bunch. I just disagreed with the circle jerk this crew was having while they beat up on Liberals. I was accused of bypassing some FB filter and intruding on their choir practice. Please. I barely know how to navigate from the home page to my page. The post I responded to was in front of me so I responded.
Regardless, I do appreciate that this fellow gave me his reasons for casting me into his unfriended pile. But not because I would then be heart broken I had lost a friend on Facebook. It was just the polite thing to do as he saw it, and I respect that.
Which brings me to my point.
The word "friend" like so many other words is over used, abused, and taken for granted. I do not care how many Facebook friends I have. Matter of fact, true friends are hard to find. When I find them, I know it. Everyone else is just someone I have conversations with. A true friend of mine is someone who allows me to be an asshole, yet still comes over for a beer.