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Welcome, friends

Facebook has obviously modified what we consider "friends" in our world today. Maybe it's a good thing--reconnecting friends separated by time and distance, or allowing acquaintances to see beyond the typical passing hello's. Maybe it's a bad thing--causing some to seek out people to call their friends so they can increase their numbers, or possibly lowering the threshold of what's considered appropriate to share outside a circle of close friends. But as the graduating seniors of 2011 are now eligible to become my "friends" on Facebook, I find myself wondering about the increasingly ambiguous nature of friendship in our society.Before Facebook and before becoming a teacher, these might have been my simple, uncomplicated definitions of a friend. Friends look out for each other. Friends laugh together. Friends cry together, or stay strong when the other cries. Friends work past the difficult times together, even when they caused the problem. Friends r…