For now on I am referring to my friends who I have met online as my ‘long distance friendships’ because I don’t like the term ‘online friends’ 

I just refer to them as “friends,” because I don’t like the way online friends has a negative connotation or people spout off about “that’s not a real relationship!” So if I talk about you, I might say “Sami has ferrets.” And if someone asks who Sami is, I say “a friend.” ¯_(ツ)_/¯