Do you add friends/approve friend requests from people you dont personally know?

Philippines
July 22, 2010 2:55am CST
Facebook is a great site for keeping in touch with your friends, and also for finding long lost friends and classmates, but sometimes I get friend requests from people I don't personally know. Sometimes they are friends of a friend of mine, and sometimes I just don't know them. I don't usually accept friend requests from people I don't know, but sometimes I accept them (for example, if they are my batchmate from high school). What are your thoughts on this matter? Do you accept friend requests from people you haven't met before?
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21 responses
@Thumb86 (287)
22 Jul 10
Yeah. Im friends with a few people I havent met...Although we 'know' each other from a message board so they arent total strangers..Sometimes Ill just add random people..Not sure why I do that lol.
• Philippines
22 Jul 10
I have a lot of Facebook friends who I haven't met in person but have met in other message boards. I was active very active in several reality TV show-based message boards a few years ago and met a lot of my online friends there. I have the money to travel now so I am planning on meeting some of them soon. :)
@TexLadyPj (1328)
• United States
22 Jul 10
Herro jaypeesol Welcome to mylot. May you have the fantastic, educational experience I am enjoying at mylot. Looks like I am in the majority. I thought I was in the minority. I am very careful who I add to my family facebook. I have categories. Family, friends, Church and RV organization. If I do not know you, either past relationship or current relationship I will ignore you. I am even limiting friends. I am starting another facebook page for online friends, like mylot, etc. I only use my family facebook for communication, I do not play games. Prosperous mylotting
• Philippines
22 Jul 10
I have online friends who I have added to my personal Facebook account. I recently found out that, like you, some create Facebook accounts solely for online friends. If only I realized about it before, I would have created one. Oh well. At least my online friends will know that I am "real" and not some creepy stalker LOL. I also have categories, for Internet friends, college, high school, work, and family. It helps me remember how I met some people, because sometimes I mix people up, I don't remember if they were my classmate from college or high school.
@jenfer (166)
• United States
22 Jul 10
Of course not!.. the main reason I created my facebook account is to get hold of my friends, family member from a distance, and other long lost friend. But I do know some people who accepted friend request and even add other people whom they totally didn't know. I don't know their reason behind it, but its not a good thing though.
• Philippines
22 Jul 10
Some games require you to have many friends using the application/game, so instead of recruiting your friends to play the game, they add people who already play the game, even if they don't know them personally. I got requests before because of a certain game, but I never accept those kind of requests.
• Philippines
23 Jul 10
I'm playing a Facebook game named Sorority Life. In there, you must add your fellow SL members by being friends with them on Facebook. Whenever a member wanted to add me, they must leave me a message that they're from that game. No message means rejection of friend request. Also, if a friend of a friend wanted to add me, I must check their profile first and if I know them, I'd accept it and if not, they're sorry.
• Indonesia
27 Jul 10
I used to accept all unknown friend requests, but stopped doing that this year,. It seems more and more identity theft happened on facebook, therefore I feel I have to protect my privacy and my data that might be stolen by another person that I didn't know. If the person really interested on adding me as their friends, they could send me message the reason to add me. Then I might approve their friend requests.
• Canada
23 Jul 10
No, I normally don't accept people I don't know. But there were a few cases where I did. I usually check out their profile first before I accept them. I look at a few photos, their personal infos, and wall. Sometimes they look really HOT, but their photos are protected to only friends. In this case, I would just accept them to look at their photos HAHA!! However, at the end I usually delete them from my friend list again. I know it's bad, but some people do it. Some people's photos are just too attractive. It makes me wanna see more of their pictures or even get to know them. So basically I would say no, but under certain conditions, maybe yes.
@youless (112243)
• Guangzhou, China
23 Jul 10
I will add strangers to my Facebook account. As they sent me the friend request, it is my habit to approve to it. Although I don't know them now, but perhaps one day we will be good friends. Who knows?:) I love China
• Romania
22 Jul 10
Yes, i do especially the ones with commun friends.... i try to have a big list...
• Philippines
22 Jul 10
hmm, i think it's okay to accept friend requests from friends of friends because they are your friends' friend so i don't think that would be harmful. but if you're the conservative and more cautious type, then just ignore them :D
• Bulgaria
22 Jul 10
I play online game in Facebook called YoVille. In that game you meet people and make friends. If the friend that sends me the invitation is from that game i add him but if i don't know personally the man then I don't add anyone. Ihave only friends in my friend list.
@carbajosa (146)
• Philippines
22 Jul 10
Yup~ As long as this guy isnt suspicious.. I could tell whether a person is a poser/fake. But I dont add people without a pic.
22 Jul 10
i don't add friend requests from people i don't know coz i think it's sort of invading one's privacy.i understand the fact that social networking are trendy nowadays,but beware of some scammers that will use this networking to sell something and worst is offer you indecent proposals..be educated..xoxo
@Walshyy (18)
22 Jul 10
It depends on if you are connected somehow. If it was someone random, I would not add them. However if it was a relative I have not yet met, but soon will, I would add them to get to know them. I also would accept people I remember from years ago. The only people I will not add are those who have no connection with me what so ever.
23 Jul 10
I did add/accept friends requests on facebook whom I never met before for the reason that i was playing almost all zynga games. Because for me to level up I need a lot of mafia members and or neighbors. But yes I also accepted other friend requests that are not related to zynga games, et al. like relative of my wife whom I only saw on facebook.
@minx267 (15527)
• Hartford, Connecticut
22 Jul 10
I have added many people I don't know personally for different purposes. Some are people that I have met online through my love of the TV show MOONLIGHT. Then I have a separate group of people I have added for game playing (mafia wars mostly) And later I added COLLIE people. I have Collies (dogs) and I discovered there are MANY many people out there that have very similar interests to mine. we share pictures of our dogs and puppies. we play lots of the same FB games. I currently have over 2000 friends and I would love to meet many of them personally.
@allknowing (131052)
• India
22 Jul 10
I only accept friends that I wish to add and never those that are mentioned as having mutual friends even. I do however have a peep into the albums and 'walls'of whom I know though I don't add them as my friends and that would be the only involvement with them. And as far as strangers are concerned not even that.
@Comagirl (146)
• Spain
22 Jul 10
No, I operate my company's page on facebook with nearly 2000 fans and as such I regularly get requests from people who think that makes them a personal friend of mine as well! I hope they are not offended when I ignore them but I use Facebook a lot on a personal level as I live in a different country to most of my family and friends, and I also use it to share photos and info about my kids, so I am very cautious about who I would add to give access to that content. It's important for everyone to review their facebook privacy settings regularly. The site now offers a high degree of control but not everyone uses it wisely!
@aldawn22 (224)
• Philippines
22 Jul 10
In my case I just add and approve friend request which I know personally.I don't like being friends with strangers.Though there are times that a person will change their real name and they will use screen name instead.So in this case I have to take time scrolling their pictures just to make sure if I know them or not.
@anjo12 (66)
22 Jul 10
It depends on the site. For my Facebook account, I only add/accept people I know because the reason why I signed up there in the first place is to get in touch and stay connected with my friends. For other sites, like mylot, I add/accept anyone.
@hucker21 (67)
• Philippines
22 Jul 10
In my case all friends request sent to me are all accepted. But friends suggestions, I screen them and only the people I really knew will be added.