The Facebook Rule

Actually that should be "rules", or at least a single rule that really has two parts. There are two primary conditions that govern my Facebook connections.

1. I must know you IRL (in real life) to send or accept a friend request.

If we're not already friends or acquaintances outside of FB, we're not Facebook friends; that's what Twitter is for.

2. I must have known you IRL for at least 6 months.

It's cool that we have mutual friends and maybe even met at a party or event, but let's not rush into anything. FB friends (like handguns) require a waiting period. If we still know each other and interact after 6 months, we can close the FB friend deal.

I've stuck to these rules for the past few years without exception. Prior to that, there were a handful (<10) of connections that would not have passed these criteria. So, I have a very few FB "friends" that I don't know in real life. All of these are either friends of friends, extended family, or connections from KYWilderness.com (the web forum that I co-admin). It has worked well for me and I plan on sticking with it.

How about you? Do you have any guidelines for who you will or will not accept as FB friends?

 

UPDATE:

3. You cannot be my boss or my direct report at work.

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