I may not really want to be your friend on Facebook

Hi Ricardo,

So-and-so has added you as a friend on Facebook. We need to confirm that you know So-and-so in order for you to be friends on Facebook.


The Facebook Team

I’m almost sure that many of you have gotten a similar message and dealt appropriately with it. For that past year or so I have been getting such requests and for the most part ignoring them.

Now don’t get me wrong, I could probably use all the friends that I can get! The problem is that I value my privacy more than my desire to acknowledge my circle of friends or to try to add to it.

I valued my privacy so much that I opted to get out of Facebook some time ago. So I am not sure why the requests kept coming and coming and coming! Well things had to change even though I was not too keen to making that change. I have many  family members on Facebook. And, my oldest boy wants me to be a part of his circle. So of course I had to go along with that request!

One the one hand I am glad that I did because I’ve been able to catch up on things with family and friends who might have thought that I had passed on to a better life. I have even connected to an old buddy that I had lost touch with and wondered how on earth I was ever going to find again. That is the good part of my acquiescing to the many requests that I join Facebook.

I’ve even shared lengthy comments with my son about computers. I had missed those chats. Even managed to say brief “hellos” with others with which I have wanted to share brief hellos with.

But I do not really want to be friends with everybody on Facebook! I’d rather have a following of twenty or so close friends and family than to open my doors to the whole world. Who really needs one thousand or more friends? There are very few people that I want to know what I am doing at any particular time. Guess that I am kind of funny about that.


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