My friend list in World of Warcraft is a virtual graveyard. No, most of the people on it are not dead (to my knowledge), but they’re gone and they’re not coming back. The people I befriended liked a style of game the developers don’t want to cater to, and we’ve lost touch ages ago. I miss them, and I keep the friend list as it is mostly to occasionally remember.
By contrast, my friend list in Final Fantasy XIV is pretty darn active. Sure, there are a couple of people there whom I never expect to see again, but for the most part it’s people I like and know and talk to at least semi-regularly. I have social contacts and consistently make new ones. Different games, different experiences, and different cultures.
Still, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t usually a bit reluctant to edit my friend list. And that leads us to our main question of the day. How active is your friend list in an MMO? Do you add people quickly and maintain a big list if perhaps a bit unwieldy? Are you slow to add anyone or join up socially? Or do you not really think about it at all?