Imagine you’ve been friends with someone on Facebook for a number of years. Six years, let’s say. You’ve gotten to know them pretty well and are in contact on a regular basis.
Although you’ve never met IRL as they live in a different country, you interact with one another a lot, you message a fair bit and you’ve chatted with them on Skype several times. You’ve featured on each others’ blogs on a number of occasions.
You like and respect them. You’ve confided in them and taken advice from them. You regard them as a ‘proper’ friend.
One day, logging onto Facebook, you see a status update from your friend with a gallery of pictures of them with a little girl. A little girl you’ve not seen before.
A little girl who, as it turns out, is your friend’s three year old daughter… [Read more…]