Do you accept friend invites from strangers?

@inkyuboz (1288)
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
March 19, 2011 10:07pm CST
I've learned a lesson. NEVER accept friend invites if you don't really know the person. Even if Facebook says that you've got a dozen common friends. Chances are they're just spam accounts which will flood your Facebook wall with annoying advertisements, promos, and scam deals. I think some people accept invites just for the heck of adding more friends. Yes, having a lot of friends on Facebook means that you've got a large network that you can use for your other stuff like article marketing and such. I tend to keep my business "friends" on another account and my personal account for my REAL friends. Anyway, that's all I can say for now. Feel free to discuss this if you will, fellow myLotters.
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31 responses
@GardenGerty (101748)
• United States
20 Mar 11
I just have joined Facebook, but I do not intend to accept random friends. I do accept them here, but it is easy to delete stalkers and spammers here.
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• United States
29 Mar 11
not usually,unless another friend can really vouch for them. there's some serious oddballs on FB.tho,myspace was occasionally worse back in the day.
• Philippines
23 Mar 11
I used to but when I noticed that there are people posting or tagging me on facebook that I do not approve of, I decided to accept only requests from people who i personally know.
• China
23 Mar 11
I don't like to add friends who is unknown or strangers. So when i get any unknown person invites then i just go to there profile and visit and if i think that the person good be good then i do add unknown person. So some time i do add unknown person.As i unknown person become known if we give them chance. Have a good time!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Mar 11
Typically I don't accept invites from people that I don't know. The reason for that is because of the fact that I do have a tendency to post pictures of my family on my account and I don't really want just anyone to be able to see my pictures. However, there are times that I make exceptions because people will send me a message as well letting me know how I know them even though I really don't know their real name.
@gelayagui98 (1337)
• Australia
21 Mar 11
Yes in Facebook there are many friend invitations that their names strange to you, what I do for those unknown to me is, I first view their mutual friends and their friends if somebody of their friends also my friends or known to me that's the go signal for me to accept their invitation but others are remain uncomfirmed until such time that I established her/his identity. In our family, we are using this web for our easy and costless communication here and outside the country. Others are using FB not for good reason so I, myself, scrutinized all friend requests before confirming/adding.
21 Mar 11
Always i will try to talk with friends invited, but not accept them easily. They are friends of my friends, not mine. I think I have the right of choose my friends.
@arielfu (59)
• China
21 Mar 11
Usually i accept invites from strangers maybe there will to be goods friends?But sometimes i will delate someone if i feel we havent common words to talk or i dont think the guy is a nice person.
@umabharti (3976)
• India
20 Mar 11
hi, as there is no restriction for the number o f accounts can be created in gmail we can hav a number of email id which in return are spam.Ignoring to strangers is very good.Unless we knw personally or face to face or friends we should not accept any reaqurest or invite from unknown.
@mlla24 (841)
• Mexico
20 Mar 11
in mylot all are friends.
@edxcast (1169)
• Ecuador
20 Mar 11
I used to accept anyone who sent an invite for me just for the sake of it, but then I learned that some were just spam and that wasnt really a good idea, and others just wanted to add friends (those kind of persons who have 1000 friends on facebook, but in real life just like 5 or so) even if they dont really know me. I have all the friends I really know on facebook, and thereĀ“s no real need to add anyone else.
• India
20 Mar 11
Yes they are saying like that you grow the network we will send u many internet marketing sites like this, they are not good some what bad and worst. But they are sending to us earn monthly these are just grabbers. They are so many mails on my email add me as your friend and in face book also, but slowly i studied that one these strangers are also know as spammers they produce the fake accounts and produce the more network but, i never about these people and never add these kind of people to my accounts.
@jennbart (1332)
• Philippines
20 Mar 11
I never confirm or accept requests from strangers even if the person requesting has lots of common friends with mine. I ignore them or reject them. It does not mean that just because we have lots of common friends,we are already friends or that we are close friends already. I only approve friends requests when the person requesting is really a friend or that we've known each other for so long. Gradeschool classmates. But for acquaintances? no way!
@06MLam (622)
20 Mar 11
For the same reason, I choose my friends on Facebook very carefully and only those who have communication with me for more than 10 times not just Hi and Bye but also something more meaningful can become my friend in my Facebook account. Therefore, I ignore a lot of request from my schoolmates who I seldom meet because I think I should consider them as someone I don't know and I always find it uncomfortable to have shown all my personal details to somebody I don't know much but there is a chance for them to get to know me. I hope you understand what I mean and therefore I tend to share my comments here because though the mylotters here are all strangers to me, I am still quite comfortable to share here because they can never find me physically here even though they will know me spiritually here eventually through discussions about different topics and this is why I like mylot very much as it provides a platform for us to share express our own opinion here without being too embarrassed as you would for talking about these topics to somebody you know.
• Philippines
20 Mar 11
i also do not just add people in facebook when i receive invites. if i dont know the person, i would look at his profile first and see if we have common friends. i know facebook is designed to establish a network and meet new people and friends but i think safety is always the most important. a lot of ppl now are using internet or social networking sites to do bad or cause harm to other ppl, so it's always better to be safe and just add ppl you really know or at least with common friends rather than have a large network of ppl you really dont know.
@la_chique (1499)
20 Mar 11
ML is the only site that I accept anyone on. thats because it doesnt really contain any of my personal details though. Facebook, and messenger services though, I only add people that I actually know.
@Kate34 (658)
• France
20 Mar 11
I don't I just accept people I know even if they are in the class below me and I never talk to them. Half my friends on Facebook I wouldn't say hi to in the street but would know them to see. I accept random friend requests on mylots because I don't actually no any real friends on mylot.
• Philippines
20 Mar 11
Me, I never accept friends requests from strangers even if we have a mutual friend. I don't see any reason why someone would add another person as a friend when they certainly don't know each other (unless that someone is really looking for a friend and sends an introductory message). The worst I've gone through is accepting family members of friends whom I've never met but that's just about it. A large number of friends does not impress me at all because it's just sad when only a handful of them are real friends of someone. On the other hand, I agree that it's advantageous to have lots of "friends" when it comes to business because Facebook sure is a great promotional tool.
• Australia
20 Mar 11
Yes there are risks in accepting invites from strangers but, some I have accepted, usually because we have a similar interest in online games, have become good friends. Sure, if I don't why they want to be friends and have no clue why they're sending me an invite I ignore them - only one or two have I had to delete afterwards because I found them too 'friendly' or using abusive and foul language.
@flapiz (4342)
• Australia
20 Mar 11
Hi inkyuboz! Well I add alot of strangers on facebook before. But I've also learned my lessons when those strangers started harrassing me both in chat and messages. Asking for my number and stuff. So now I barely open facebook chat because of this strangers.