I am forever amazed at people who send random friend requests on Facebook. You don’t know them – you have never met them and yet there’s that friend request smugly sitting in your notification panel.
I am sure there is nothing wrong in principle with looking to befriend new and interesting people ( Serial murderers should be a most engaging choice) but still.
I know of four categories for sure… but there may be more.
Category 1: The people-you-knew-decades-ago requests.
What is really amusing is that most people won’t even send you a message along with that request.. Why should they do all the hard work? They clicked ADD FRIEND didn’t they? You are expected to go to their profile check out their information (which will almost always be incomplete) and see their little koala bear for a profile pic and say yehhhhh… I remember this person. I studied with her two decades ago and now I recognize that she probably is the type to have a marsupial fetish. This has to be Richa. Accept Friend request.
This happens to be the most oversensitive category as well.
If you dare message – Hello.. Do we know each other? You’d most likely get a scathing retort like yes – from 5th standard in school (50millions years ago) but since you don’t remember I withdraw the request!!!!
Category 2: Send-every-single-person-on-Facebook-a-friend-request kind of person.
There will be no mutual friends. And there will be no accompanying message or note. These are the Lets-try-our-luck-with-everybody kind of people. The kind of person who buys a lottery ticket every weekend and doesn’t really care if they lose every single week. Oh and when Facebook eventually blocks them – they send a message like the following: “Hi..how r… can plz send frnd req?”
Category 3: The-pretend-mistaken-friend request.
They send it to you and when you write back saying – Do we know each other? They will almost have the same thing to say. “No.. sorry… I sent that by mistake. But since I sent it anyway lets be friends.” ( How very convenient)
And then the most amusing category of them all.
Category 4: Friend-request-with-idiotic-accompanying-message
The ones whose random request comes accompanied by a note. The message is almost always corny. The language will be juvenile – the message even more so. But always – always entertaining.
Hi, just trying to wish you a happy new year and hoping to hear from you soon. Sorry if my message is against your tradition but I am just easy going , simple man seeking a true friend in my life. Thanks for your audience. (How’s Happy new year against anyone’s tradition?)
But once in a while there will be the truly hilarious ones.
The hottest arms on facebook. Cannot send a friend request, dont know why. Why are you so circumspect about strangers? (Does he have the hottest arms or do I? He cannot send a request and doesn’t know why? Hint: You are obviously a stalker that FB banned )