It took me some time to get the hang of Facebook, but I came around to actually liking it (it’s my second favorite social network after Twitter of course) earlier this year after having my account for several years. The feature that I enjoy most about Facebook is the fact that it actually connects you with people that you know, have known, worked with, gone to high school with, college with, grad school with, etc. etc. It’s like a network of your own network and therefore, must more close knit than say a Twitter or a Myspace. But here lately, I have been finding that I have been getting several friend requests from people that I have never seen or heard of in my life. Now while there is no law against requesting someone that you don’t actually know, I thought the point of Facebook was to connect you to those that you have some type of connection with. Not just random people who look at your profile, see that you look somewhat decent, and want to get to know you better (i.e. Crackspace).
I have accepted a few requests of those I don’t actually know, but only after I’ve seen that they are actually friends with friends that I am friends with. But the random friend requests from complete strangers gets a permanent side eye until further notice.
What’s your take? To friend or not to friend, that is the question. I am curious as to what your answers will be.