This week's email makes an interesting point about how social networking sites have transformed the meaning of the word "friends":
When I accept requests on a social networking site, often from people I don't know, they tell me,
- Congratulations. You have three new friends.
Really? Will they check on me when I'm going through challenges, celebrate my wins with me and share their deepest secrets?
Social networking "friends" cheapen the word, and sugest that all there is to friendship is to agree to be in each other's network.