Friday Digital Byte: To Friend or not To Friend

How many Facebook Friends do you have? How do you decided “to Friend” someone, or to accept a “Friend” request?

I recently received a chilling email from someone I met at a conference retelling a real life event that happenend to one of her Facebook Friends. She logged on one day and noticed this Friend, someone she knew from long ago, had posted “Good Bye, everyone. I’ve had enough.” Remembering similar stories where people posted on Facebook and no one did a thing, she decided to reach out and see if she could prevent what appeared to be a real cry for help. “WTF??”, she posted. Others followed and what happend from there was a quick banding together of people who were real friends of this person who were able to call and make sure this “Friend” was ok.

I used to tell people to only “Friend” people on Facebook you’d have dinner with. Now, I tell people this: “Friend” people you’d reach out to in a crisis and know would reach out for you, on or offline.

It’s great to say you have many “Friends” but I’d rather have friends. How about you?

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