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(1) Being ignored in a social environment. In today's world of electronic socialization, it is very easy to not respond to a friend's email, text message, chat request or other form of communication. See friending.

(2) The grey or fuzzy appearance of menu text or buttons, which indicates that the operation is not currently selectable.

A Ghosted Button
The button on the left is ghosted, indicating that the function is not available at the moment. When it is usable, the elements are restored as in the example on the right.


Sending an invitation to someone to become a "friend" on Facebook or other social networking site. If the individual accepts, they have access to each other's information and updates. Users can even friend a brand in order to be alerted to special offers. Friends can also be "defriended" or "unfriended" later on, which may be considered as much of a personal rejection as not returning phone calls. See Faceslam, Facebook and social networking site.

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