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Friday, November 23, 2007

Fanfare for the common Facebook page.

Are you a Facebook user just dying to share the love you feel for, say, UU World magazine or, say, this humble blog? This is your lucky day! You can now become a Facebook fan of UU World — the magazine's Facebook page includes a feed of stories, among other nice things — and you can rescue me from humility by declaring yourself a fan of Philocrites, too. (UU World also has lots of MySpace friends.)

On a related note, I've been applying a simple rule to friend requests in Facebook: I accept friend requests from people I know personally and can imagine having a drink with, but not from people I haven't met. I hope people don't take it too personally when I turn down their requests. What do you do?

P.S. Learn more about Facebook's new Pages feature. I'm using the Simply RSS application to draw in outside feeds.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 23 November 2007 at 2:49 PM

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November 23, 2007 03:36 PM | Permalink for this comment

Yay for the UU World Fan page. I'm a fan!

And yeah, that's the rule I apply on Facebook, too. I have friends who I only know online, but I've generally exchanged emails and blog comments with them--and they aren't anonymous bloggers.

In the time I've been on FB, I've only had a few people not get the hint that I don't want to be their friend since they are stalkerish or we had a horrible falling out and their idea of making up is adding me on Facebook! (Without any other contact.)

We need a new etiquette manual for our generation, I think...

Shelby Meyerhoff:

November 23, 2007 04:50 PM | Permalink for this comment

My rule of thumb is to accept "friend" requests from people with whom I have a friendly relationship (or with whom I had a friendly relationship and then lost touch over time). That includes online and real-life friends from many contexts, but it doesn't extend to strangers.

An interesting case to consider is youth ministers and other religious professionals who use their Facebook pages to help build relationships with the people they serve. In some cases, these professionals may have a huge group of "friends," because that is part of how they are making new connections and ministering to people. So I think it really depends on what purpose(s) your Facebook page is serving.

Lynn Gazis-Sax:

November 24, 2007 09:21 PM | Permalink for this comment

I just got on Facebook, but have been on Linked In for a little longer. Since I joined Linked In for professional purposes, I'm accepting as friends there either anyone I have a friendly relationship, or anyone I once had a friendly relationship and lost touch with over time, or anyone I've had any sort of professional contact with. I guess Facebook is more socially oriented than professionally? So far I only have four friends there, and two of them are family.

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