I always believe it's always best to have a lot of friends in life. Life is short, make it sweet. That's what people say. But I'd love to continue the line with: It'll be even sweeter when you share with friends.
The definition of friend may vary between one to another. Even some take their parents (in case of children) or their children (in case of parents) as their friends.
In Facebook, today on 1 January 2010, I finally have 1000 friends in Facebook. Not to say that it's something that I am proud of, but it's something I am happy with that there are 1000 people become my Facebook friends. You may question about the quantity versus quality, but I don't really care much about it.
People add me as friend for some reasons and I always hope they have pure and good intention for doing that (husnuzzon). Note that I always observe the mutual friends when people try to add me. If I found the mutual friends are not close enough and not strong enough to give me reasons to accept the add, I will gladly send a message to the person and ask how he/she knows me. If the answer is like "sesaje je~" or so, that adds a weight to my decision to reject the add.
On other side of this discussion, having more friends means we are building up our connection and networking. As I put my step into career life, the definition of networking is better to my understanding. I have better practical definition of the word and I use the Facebook as one of the ways to strengthen my connection with people, namely my school friends, my university friends, officemates and not to mention my relatives.
And today, on 1 January 2010, I learn to be more careful with building relationship with people. Something happened today that made me reconsidered about a thing in my life. To whom it may concern, learn something. People are watching.
It's always best to be truthful. :)