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Monday, February 1, 2010

Off Topic - Minor Pet Peeve

On the subject of social media.

I am formulating a more complete post on social media, but in the meantime, a quick pet peeve of mine. I have been a member of Plaxo and Linked In for several years. (I only just got on to FaceBook and Twitter). In general, my policy with respect to requests on Linked In is to accept them. (You never know when new business will come your way...) However, please, if I have never met you, or we just shook hands at AU, do not request to join my network as a "friend." Despite what FaceBook says, in my mind to be a friend, you must be someone who I have spent time with socially (real time, not virtual time), or someone I would choose to spend time with even if there was no business incentive to do so, and/or someone I have known longer than the existence of the the aforementioned social media sites.

So, by my way of thinking, if I have never met you face to face, or only met you in passing, I cannot define that as: "Friend." Please use one of the other options when reaching out. "We've done business together" or "We belong to the same group" are both excellent choices. If you use those, and promise not to spam, I will gladly accept the connection.

OK, rant over. Thanks for reading and humoring me.

1 comment:

E. said...

I get Facebook requests from people I haven't seen since high school. The odd part is that we weren't friends in high school, I haven't spoken to them in 20 years and now they want to be friends? Seems strange...