i think the easiest way to tell who you consider a friend is when yah get a call from them and they need some help with something, be it helping chop down a tree, change oil on a vehicle, need help watching their kid for a bit while they run errands and you dont stop and think "whats in it for me?" if its within your power to do it at that particular time yah just say sure, why not. as far as levels of friends they can be as numerous as a person wants to make them or as simple but thats on the individual. true to the core friendships tend to be rare and tend to be tested on a regular basis but both parties tend to shrug off the bad that goes with the good and continue on.
as for "cyber friends" yeah i believe they count as friends........chances of them being to the core friends though is hard to tell via just an electronic interaction though........but sometimes it can happen.....ive seen ppl on forums rally to help someone they have never laid eyes on because they view that person to be good and honest and truely in need of help.......
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And once in awhile one gets to meet them! I've gotten together with elgecko 5x and JBL twice. In a fluke set of job circumstances I was in Burbank and got together with Wicked Thistle.