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How Many Facebook Friends Do You Really Have?

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So, talking about social media, networking, SEO and all the juicy good things that benefit from having a large Facebook following, there’s a lot to be said about having lots and lots of new friends from all over the world. You can connect, chat, share stories and find out what’s hot (and what’s not) from all walks of life. Without question, there is definitely a whole bunch of reasons for having a big network, but today’s blurb isn’t an article about the pros and cons of this.

What’s it about then, I hear you say? Well, it’s really another rant related to my article about “what a difference a holiday makes“. Yes, I’ve been away, and yes, I tried to stay on top of things, but you know how it is, right? I’ve got a whole bunch of very random friend requests on my Facebook account. That’s fine (see above for all the great things that this can give you) but there are some definite drawbacks.

“What’s the problem then?” I hear you cry. Well, I have two actually. Let me explain.

Suspicious Facebook Friends

Real Facebook Friends

Firstly, I have friend requests from some rather suspicious people so let’s start with suspicious names. I’m suspecting that “Bob TheBuilder” or “Lets MakeMoneyOnline” aren’t actually real people? Secondly (and the names will remain anonymous for obvious reaons), it appears that my travelling has made me a babe magnet over the last couple of months as I also seem to be invited to be friends with at least 6 bikini supermodels. Now, person X may indeed be THAT good looking, and really want to connect with me all the way from Florida, but I very much doubt it. Granted, she’s nearly half my age, so it must be my wit and charming personality that she wants to connect with.

Finally, on the subject of suspicious people, I also have friend invitations from people who appear to have had professional photographers take pictures of them at their desks, or of them modelling the latest hat from Ralph Lauren. Jesus Christ, I appear to have a friend invitation from someone who is on the homepage of a website that I built over 4 years ago and she’s wearing the same outfit as she did on the website. Be original people. Please.

What do I say to these suspicious friends? “GET LOST”.

I do want to connect with new people, I really do, but I want them to be real people not some online marketeer who’s going to shove all sorts of shite down my throat (read on for my second moan of the day).

Too Much Spam

Too much spamToo much Spam can lead to some nasty things…..

So, with that out of the way, here’s my second gripe about these random people on Facebook. So, I decide to open my “Facebook” email account this morning for the first time in a couple of months. Yes, I’ve been travelling, blah blah blah, and I am expecting a few unread emails, but for fucks sake, I had over 60,000 of the bastards. WTF?

Why, I hear you scream? Well, there appears to be one or two individuals (and I would really love to name them but I’ve gone and deleted them all in a fit of rage) who thought it was a cracking idea to add me to some new Facebook groups. To be honest, if I wanted a career in property development, that’s fine, but I don’t, so why on earth would I want to join the “Property Development To Get Rich” or the “Property Development for Wealth Building” groups.

I had a quick gander at all my groups this morning and BAM!, there are over 20 new ones that I’ve been added to. See, the thing is, I had my email settings instructed to send me notifications and this is the driver for the 60,000 unwanted emails.

So, what do I say to these marketeers that have added me to their effing groups? “GET LOST”

I am very sorry to swear and seem aggressive. I’ve wasted enough time sorting through all the crap and, believe me when I say that sorting and deleting 60,000 emails was not a simple or quick process and I do not want to do it again. Nice one spammers, that’s several hours of my life that I’m not going to get back, thanks to you!!

I hope that none of you have to go through this and if you do, I am sure you will agree with some of my sentiments written here…….

About Adrian Britton

Sometimes I will talk about things that are interesting, and sometimes I won’t. Sometimes it will be a bit of a laugh, and sometimes it will just be a downright rant about something going on in the world – I’m often accused at moaning a lot, and I consider myself quite good at it !!

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3 Responses to “How Many Facebook Friends Do You Really Have?”

  1. Adding random people is big “NO” for me since most of which are marketers who only spam articles via facebook.

    My facebook isn’t for work.

    Posted by Roger Feather | 05/05/2012, 12:12 am
  2. I had almost 500 “friends” but after a hiatus from FB a year ago (long story), I went through and removed everyone I wouldn’t call in a pinch or who I didn’t believe knew my last name or nationality! I weeded all the non-friends out and landed on 200…leaving the non-friends to reach out to me on LinkedIn and Twitter if so inclined to know what I’m up to. Thanks for the post 🙂

    Posted by V. Carrington | 11/05/2012, 9:23 am
    • Having a purge is an excellent way of making sure that you only stay in contact with those (as you say) you would “call in a pinch”. Indeed, knowing your nationality is a very amusing way of demonstrating the importance of these “friends”.
      Thanks for the comment

      Posted by adrianbritton | 11/05/2012, 10:58 am

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