I have so many unanswered facebook friend requests right now and I’m sure some people must wonder why I haven’t accepted them (unless of course they’ve forgotten that they sent me one in the first place). So I thought I’d share my reasons for not accepting facebook friend requests – I’d love to hear yours:
1. I don’t know who you are.
If your twitter name and your blog name are different from your actual name, the chances are I won’t know who you are when you send me a facebook friend request. Give a girl a clue, for goodness’ sake!
2. We’ve never met.
For the past 18 months I have made it a rule to only accept people as friends if I actually know them. My facebook friends include family and good friends, bloggers, but also some reasonably high profile names. So I have to be careful about who I accept.
3. We’ve met, but I don’t really want to be your friend.
This happens. It’s not you, it’s me. Or something.
4. You are one of my ex-boyfriends.
I know facebook can bring old flames together. But exes are usually exes for a reason.
5. You were horrible at secondary school.
Growing up doesn’t mean you forget the people who were mean to you as a kid.
6. You are a total stranger.
From time to time I get bizarre friend requests from people who I definitely don’t know. Once I even got a request from a man who was just requesting people called Liz Jarvis. I kid you not.
7. You are the child of one of my friends.
I try not to accept requests from children if I can possibly avoid it, simply because my friends tend to share stuff on facebook which is not really suitable for under-18s *cough*.
8. You are my mother.
OK, so far this hasn’t happened. But as she nags me non-stop in real life, I’d definitely try to avoid her in my virtual one.
9. I’m suspicious of your motives.
10. I very rarely go on facebook.
I’m much more of a twitter girl. You can follow me @LizJarvisUK.