pity friend
n. On a social networking site, a person whose friend request you accept out of pity.
pity-friend v.

Example Citations:
Consider paring down your Facebook friends to ensure that personalized search results are as relevant as possible. (No more pity friend accepts!)
—Laurel Miltner, "Picks of the Week: May 16-22," PR 20/20 May 24, 2011

Do you hate Facebook's new design? Do you find the home page too noisy, with important updates from your friends getting buried under a stream of banal comments from high-school classmates and other people you pity-friended?
—Farhad Manjoo, "Stop Whining About Facebook's Redesign," Slate, March 23, 2009

Earliest Citation:
two weeks later, i now have two friends on facebook (the other one is scott, who made me a pity friend).
—Henri Jacques Suermondt, "social," Suermondt.com, August 7, 2006

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