To friend

I have learned one awful word that is related to social networking sites.
It is “to friend.” The word can be used as follows:
I friend someone.
I was friended by someone.
According to the description in a dictionary, it means to add someone to your list of friends. It could happen that you are friended by someone who are not friends with you. You might be friended by a lot of anonymous people on a social networking site.

→ someone who IS not friends with you.

It does at least make the point: to “friend” someone is NOT the same as to make friends, befriend or be friends with them. It just means you add them to the list of people whose activities you monitor. To “monitor” or “track” would be reasonably accurate pre-existing verbs, but they don’t sound cuddly enough for the people behind social websites.