Proper Facebook Etiquette

#231 I am quite distracted by your blog…

Wednesday 10th February, 2010

Dear Mariann,

On numerous occasions I have found myself quite distracted by your blog.  I am convinced that we would make the best of Facebook friends and seek to sound you out on a Friend Request. Could you advise as to the correct etiquette to enter into such an exchange?

(From Jason at SlowFarm in the Wilderness, sent via email (clearly not that much of a wilderness then))

Here lies the scenario; You send a Friend Request. After a suitable (and vigorous) assessment of your various accolades, in whatever form/s this may take (dependent on mood, broadband speed, whether you have all your own teeth or not, if you look like the stalker type etc.), then I shall either Accept or Ignore as a course of action to be entered into.

A caveat, I would be stupid to indicate any level of anticipated reciprocation purely based on your email and dilemma correspondence to date.  I do already, contrary to many of the ramblings held on this blog, have the nicest circle of friends with whom to engage and hold all too brief my encounters with all of them.  Particularly one, who I know reads here (hello).

I appreciate that the reason that one chooses to be on Facebook is in part a response to the social urge to connect and communicate as much as is humanly possible, but it is just ill-advised to Friend anyone (or any Jason) just for the sake of it.  Rather, like the combination of a good shag-pile and bottle of red this is something to avoid without a good pinch of salt to hand.

I don’t mind you asking. But I do mind you expecting that we would make ‘the best of friends’. Perhaps, then, do not send that Friend Request. Then we can dispense with the social dance of my step to the side and your leap in the dark. This is not the Time Warp after all. And let us not do that again.

9 Responses to “#231 I am quite distracted by your blog…”

  1. Dr Mariann Hardey says:

    @BigBloke, I’m sure (with a name like that) you’ll be familiar with expansion. the more you write, the larger the comment box becomes…

    Try it. You might like it.

  2. BigBloke says:

    Any chance of a bigger comment box? Would be nice to be able to see more of what you type I know twitter but give us some more space…

  3. Dave says:

    My GF has changed status to single

  4. Maria Cakes says:

    Mr friends are all super fit. They keep updating their status with ´going to the gym´and ´´last mile took only 5 minutes´. I don´t run, and am a healthy USA 10. I would give me 10 out of 10. Am I wrong not to care about their updates¿ Can you advise how to take them down with my own clever comments… There´s a cake in it for you (from Sprinkles USA!) Love the blog, us girls always read it here!

  5. hondris says:

    We met in Barcelona. Could you recommend how to make friends again with my ex girlfriend on Facebook? She is not talking to me and I want to make things better. She is moving away and I know that we can be friends. With thanks.

  6. syd says:

    hey. My girlfriend has changed her status without telling me. When I asked her about it she ´says´ it is a mistake. i don´t believe her. what do i do?

  7. veronica says:

    just found your blog. my problem is that i want to let my son have a facebook account. but i´ve read that its full of crim´s and is danger. so should i let him on? he is eleven.

  8. Henry says:

    Should I change my status to ‘adults away – tuna on me’ or is this unwise?

  9. Allan says:

    I couldn’t help but notice you dispense advice.How do I approach my roommate on Facebook, there’s some issues I want to get out in the open.
    Thanks.

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