The Friend Request is Dead
This is a great article (here) about how the “Follow” has quietly over taken the “Friend request” in social media.
While less intimate than a friend request, the act of following ultimately proved more revealing. While Facebook’s friends list might show who we know, our Twitter follow list unveiled who we are.
It’s interesting in that as Facebook’s popularity grew so did the idea of the friend request, and the new currency on social became “friends”. The meaning of friend even changed in real life because of this and the trend, making it more superficial. You can read many articles on this.
So as the idea of “friending” goes away in social, will we see the idea of a “friend” go back to something more meaningful?