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Friends. Where would we be without them? They are the ones who laugh with us in the best of times and cry with us in the worst of times. They are there through our good days and our bad, and are willing to forgive us for our bad days. Friends are the family we make for ourselves.
Friendships have evolved and changed over the last few years with the rise of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Friends no longer have to pick up the phone or meet for coffee. They can hop onto whatever their favorite site is and make a post, either a private message to their friends or a status update to the whole world. This puts you in contact with everyone you've made friends with.
This can lead to problems as not all the friends you make will be interested in your status updates. Maybe they friended you because you play the same game as they do, or because you share a similar interest. They have no real interest in being "friends", they just want to pad their numbers. These people are the ones you need to watch out for. I call them "fairweather friends" - ones who are there only to enjoy the good times.
I've made a few good friends through Facebook and Twitter. Two who come to mind are Joelle Casteel and KD Sarge. I of course have many others that are friends but these two have become my closest friends through social media. I also have friends IRL that I spend time with as well. It's important to balance your online life with your real life, because sometimes you just need that physical shoulder to cry on.
Enjoy your friends, for they are the ones who will put up with your antics because they care about you and not because they have to.