There needs to be an Emily Post of Facebook. Every once in awhile, I’ll get a Facebook friend request with nary a note attached, just a demand for anonymous friendship from a perfect stranger.
“You’ve received a friend request from some random dude.”
That’s it. Nothing more. No smile. No wave. No “Hi Beth.”
And more often than not, this rather rude friend request comes from some progressive recycler who shares the same 33 “friends in common” as the rude requester before them. Oh, we’re both friends with Ross Mirkarimi? Yep, that’s gonna be a rude requester. You just want to send me mass missives about vegan barbeques and artsy naked ladies dancing for charity, don’t you?
I friend request all kinds of people on Facebook. And I always include a little note. Even if I’m friend requesting the “I *heart* Abe Lincoln Fan Club” I’ll throw in a little, “Slavery Sucks! I’d love to be your Facebook friend!”
I’ve taken to passive-aggressively accepting their friend request and then sending a message. “Hi new Facebook Friend! Please forgive my asking, but do I know you?”
Sometimes they write back something unintelligible, but most of the time they just make the person who says, “Hi Beth.” look like Charmer O’Manners.
Ironic that the hippies, those who once I google, I find nothing but internet comments complaining about what a shitty job the showerers are doing of running things, can’t muster a little social grace.
So here’s a little tip from me to you. Wanna be friends on Facebook? It’s easy! Click friend request. Click Add Note. Say Hi. Click Send...