Let's talk about online friendship.
It's obvious that users of My Space feel they have lots of online friends. But is the definition of friend the same online as it is offline? I'd say it isn't, that there's one big distinction. For me, an offline friend is someone who knows you, warts and all, and in spite of all your faults is still your friend. And vice versa of course. With an offline you can't pretend to be anything but what you are. Whereas with your online friends, they only the aspects of you that you choose to show. That means you can pretend to have qualities you don't really have, or you can big up one part of your personality/interests in a way that might create a very different impression of what you are really like. And I also think it means that you might have more friends because you can focus on just one aspect in one relationship and develop lots of different one-dimensional relationships that wouldn't stand up to scrutiny in an offline relationship.
Still trying to think through what this means: more opportunities to appeal to the hobbyist in all of us? How to leverage those bigger social networks?
What do y'all think? Do you agree with the basic premise?