I am addicted to Facebook. I love Facebook. I especially like to log on and read everyone's "status" for the day. You've got the stay-at-home mom types who you can spot from a mile away. Their status is always something to the effect of "off to a play date" or "tackling a mound of laundry" or "wondering if my kid will ever nap today." Then you've got your working friends that "can't wait till Friday" or "are sick of attending meetings all day long." I especially love my Northeastern friends who are braving this unseasonably cold weather. Their status always reads something like "is cold," "is wearing thermal underwear and two pairs of socks just to stay warm." Bless your heart you poor souls. It's about 75 and sunny here. But who am I to rub that in?
So anyways, I have been on FB (we will call it that from now on, cause that's how cool I am) for awhile now. I have gotten to reconnect with a whole slew of different people. A bunch from back in high school who I haven't seen in *cough* 13 years. A bunch from college. Family. And then, of course, friends that I have made out here in AZ. Every once-and-a-while a new friend will decide to join the millennium and get connected on FB and send me a "friend request." Here is where my dilemma begins.
I received a "friend request" the other day from a gal that went to my high school. She was in the class that graduated a year after me. I knew her. She was a nice girl, I believe. Shy type. But that's the extent of it. I don't know that I ever hung out with her. I don't know that I ever had an actual conversation with her. Not because I am trying to say I was a snob. But I just didn't have any classes with her nor were we involved in any of the same activities.
So what do I do? Do I "confirm" her as a "friend" and be done with it? Do I "decline" her request and be labeled as "the girl that declined her request?" And what happens when you actually decline a request? Cause when you accept it you get an email that says "So-and-so confirmed you as a friend on Facebook." I have visions of her getting an email that says something like this:
Dear Sally (name has been changed to protect the innocent),
I regret to inform you that you are officially a L-O-S-E-R. Tracey denied your friend request on FB based on the fact that she hardly knew you very well in high school and at this point doesn't give a rat's backside about what you are doing in your life now. Too bad, so sad. Better luck next time.
Otherwise have a great day!
The Facebook team
So, yeah, that's what has plagued my brain for the past several days. I know. I know. Pretty pathetic, eh? So, what is the proper ettique regarding FB friend requests?