'friends' my 'friends' list should rather be called a list of 'people/entities whose journals/writings/lives/ideas i find interesting/enjoyable to read, some of whom are friends, some may become friends, others are acquaintances, and some are more tenuous contacts'. i read some of what they/you write a bit of the time - i'm struggling to keep up atm. at the minute, this list is likely to comprise people i have a good sense of and/or have had some contact/conversation with recently and/or a long standing knowing of - whether online (here or other spaces) or offline.
filters my journal postings are increasingly 'friends only' filtered. there are a few other filters operating on my journal. you'll find the most current info about them (including how to opt in) here