It gets even weirder, because of the friends blurring with business colleagues.
Maybe the nature and title of the relationship needs to reside in the hands of the one making the connection, not an outside imposed technological ‘cubicle’ definition.
Relationship specification and definition should perhaps be inverted and opened up – individual centred relationship context – self configurable extendable fluid relationship matrixes. Just like cones of silence need to be. Supported by technology not defined by it.
Just a thought.