Friendship in Friendica can take on a great many different meanings. But let's keep it simple, you want to be friends with somebody. How do you do it?
The first thing you can do is look at the Directory for somebody you would like to connect with. Visit their profile. Just beneath their profile picture will be the word 'Connect' (we're assuming this is an English language profile).
The easiest thing to do is to join the <ahref ="http://kakste.com/profile/newhere">New Here</a> group. This group is especially for people new to the Friendica network. Simply connect to the group, post to the wall, and make new friends. You don't even have to like us - comment on a few of our posts, and other people will start to add you too.
The next thing you can do is look at the Directory. The directory is split up into two parts. If you click the directory button, you will be presented with a list of all members (who chose to be listed) on your server. You'll also see a link to the Global Directory. If you click through to the global directory, you will be presented with a list of everybody who chose to be listed across all instances of Friendica. You will also see a "Show Community Forums" link, which will direct you to Groups, Forums and Fanpages. You connect to people, groups and forums in the same way, except groups and forums will automatically accept your introduction request, whereas a human will approve you manually.
To connect with other Friendica user
Visit their profile. Just beneath their profile picture will be the word 'Connect' (we're assuming this is an English language profile).
Click that. It will take you to a "Connect" form.
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If you already know somebody's Identity Address, you can enter it in the "connect" box on your "Contacts" page. This will take you through a similar process.
You can also use your Identity Address or other people's Identity Addresses to become friends across networks. The list of possible networks is growing all the time. If you know (for instance) "bob" on identi.ca (a Status.Net site) you could put firstname.lastname@example.org into your Contact page and become friends across networks. (Or you can put in the URL to Bob's identi.ca page if you wish). You can also be "partial" friends with somebody on Google Buzz by putting in their gmail address. Google Buzz does not yet support all the protocols we need for direct messaging, but you should be able to follow status updates from within Friendica. You can do the same for Twitter accounts and Diaspora accounts. In fact you can "follow" most anybody or any website that produces a syndication feed (RSS/Atom,etc.). If we can find an information stream and a name to attach to the contact, we'll try to connect with them.