March of 2009, I celebrated One Year on dA. One of the main things I did to celebrate was to do a News Article featuring all of my wonderful Friends/Watchers from the First Year.
To me, the most important part of the written portion of that article was the part where I defined Friend based on several online dictionary sources.
For example, dictonary.com, here: http://dictionary.reference.com/dic?q=friend&search=search
supplies a definition that alludes to a wide range of meaning, in depth and breadth of friendship. Obviously, I don't actually have 600 close friends on dA. I take the word Friend to mean some of the other definitions and synonyms provided in these resources, such as- supporter, being on good terms, non-hostile, the act of being friendly, advocate, associate, ally, comrade, acquaintance....
When I sign Notes or whatnot, with Your Friend, Tea