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Ty Morin: Face to face with Facebook friends

Have you ever wondered whether the hundreds of people you share personal photos and stories with on Facebook are really friends - or mere online acquaintances?

Ty Morin, a recent college graduate from the US state of Connecticut, decided there was a big difference between communicating en masse and making a genuine connection with the people important to him.

He decided to travel around the US and beyond to meet all 788 of his Facebook friends face to face. He is recording each meeting for a documentary and photography exhibit on online connections.

Morin hopes his film Friend Request Accepted will help viewers think more deeply about the individuals behind the world's collection of social media profiles.

He received financial backing for his odyssey through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. Having re-established connections with around 20 friends so far, Morin expects it will take three to four years to catch up with everyone.

Produced by the BBC's Matt Danzico