uSocial.net is a company that increases ones popularity by selling them Twitter followers and Facebook friends.
Though its designed as a marketing tool for businesses, the service is a hit with average Joes who want more cyber pals.
Founder Leon Hill says more individuals have been buying online friends this holiday season because theyre lonely.
One lady shelled out $200 for 1,000 Facebook friends because shes away from her family this Christmas and doesnt want to be alone.
Customers like this yearn to connect with others who are in the same boat.
Hill believes that in these tough times, people feel more desolate than ever, which explains their desire to befriend strangers.
He currently sells packages of up to 10,000 Facebook friends for $1,300, and will soon offer upwards of 40,000 online buddies.
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