As everyone on Facebook knows, the site doesn't allow for different gradations of connections. Either a guy is your "friend" or he isn't.
Does this mean that people growing up in the Facebook age will perceive the word “friend” differently? Nick Bilton of the New York Times raised this question, wondering if young people consider a friend to mean anyone they've met even just once.
Bilton raises another question about the word "like." When a friend posts compelling content to Facebook, users click "like" to indicate an interest. This means we clicking "like" on well-written stories and photos about the developments in Haiti, even though we aren't fond of widespread devastation.