Recently it became an intoxicated requirement to look someone up on Facebook. Before I talk about that, I should point out that I had a very short dalliance with the social networking site. I did the typical thing of signing up, finding every friend I’ve ever known, looked up the exes, thought this is great, then finally ran out of steam. Since then, mostly due to privacy concerns, laziness and enjoying an “off the radar” lifestyle, I have opted out of Facebook entirely.
So not able to look someone up without registration, a fake user was created – let us call him Dave. A seemingly new feature of Facebook is that once you’ve picked a couple of friends, the site suggests wave after wave of potential friends, to which I kept clicking “Add as Friend” at a furious pace. Within 24 hours Dave had over 200 friends (and amazingly appeared in many of their photos). Dave’s Inbox also broke out in “Do I know you?” messages, many of which had already added Dave as a friend prior to asking.
The most satisfying was an argument which broke out between Dave and another guy who refused to add Dave because in the end “I ONLY ADD TRUE FRIENDS TO FACEBOOK!!!”
Of course, Dave only pushed the point because the guy was truly obnoxious (one should not judge a person by their profile photo, but please keep your shirt on for the good of all). Upon investigation, it appears that this guy has over 500 “true friends”, making him potentially the most popular person since Bruce Samazan. Be careful what you wish for my friend.