Up until now, I've had a somewhat loose policy of not friending people on Facebook whom I don't know personally - meaning that I've not met them face-to-face. I've made a few exceptions for bloggers and others that I feel I know pretty well electronically, but I've ignored dozens and dozens of friend requests from people whose names I know but I'm not sure why, along with plenty of people who are complete strangers.
Well, I'm changing my policy. If I know of you electronically, tangentially, if you are a friend of a friend, or if you just read my blog, I will accept your friend request. If I can't figure out the connection, I won't accept, so send me a message if you think I won't recognize your name. Hit me up again, ok?
I'm doing this primarily to promote my blog, but I've also found a few friends with similar interests by branching out on Facebook, so I figure it's worth a try.
I'm also going to change my policy on Facebook "messages." I can't stand the messaging function in Facebook. I'd rather just have an e-mail. A friend of mine and I just had a big misunderstanding which was not caused, but was exacerbated by the Facebook messaging function. That was the final straw. Unlike Diana Hsieh, I don't have the balls to turn off the Facebook e-mail notifications completely, but I will simply respond by e-mail and expect you to do the same. If I don't have your e-mail address in my contacts, I will reply on Facebook with, "Please contact me via e-mail." You can find my e-mail address on my Facebook profile, or here on the blog, for that matter.