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February 16, 2008

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Yeah, it's the f-word more than anything. No one brings this up with LinkedIn unless they think people are collecting contacts for the sake of collecting.

I did a video on facebook friends awhile back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP3bt_Xu9ys

Some other thoughts on this are emerging: http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2008/02/the-problem-of-too-many-online-friends.html

"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day." - Dalai Lama

Often times a friend on Facebook is actually quite the opposite. I'll frequently accept or request a 'friending' of a peer i really am not fond of, only to use their profile as a way of keeping tabs on how much better my life is without actually having to communicate with the individual. There, I said it. I'm not ashamed. I don't think i'm alone.

My real 'friends' are those i see in person, speak with on the phone, email, or those whose walls I post on more than just their birthday.

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