I would consider some here friends. If I have met them in person it was because I knew them first online. Meatspace and internet are very vaguely connected for me, and most people I know in meatspace first never visit the same places as me on the internet.
My sister-in-law is a bit different on this and actually communicates with me over the internet without using email (therefore we go to some of the same sites). Most, if they do communicate with me online, use email, and possible IM. I've been bit by internet people before, so I am ever so slightly cautious.