Oh, so I'M the creepy one. Thanks, FB.
August 26, 2010 6:44 PM Subscribe
Yet another FaceBook friends question: Is FaceBook now spoofing friend requests? A few times now, I feel like I've been "tricked" into friending someone I only casually know.
posted by ctmf to Computers & Internet (31 answers total)
So I like to keep my 'friends' list down to a reasonable facsimile of people who are actually friends (and family), not just any person I see sometimes. Lately, I've occasionally been getting the red notification thing telling me I have a friend request. When I click on it, I get the standard 'friend request from Tonya Harding.'
So now I'm saying to myself, ah shit. I hardly even know Tonya. I just met her at work. She's like two levels of supervisor above me in another department. We haven't been out or even had a non-business conversation. But then, I don't DISlike her. So what to do? I don't ponder this too long, I just hit accept, whatever. If it's not awkward for her, then fine.
Here's the part that pisses me off. Now I get the "Your friend request has been sent" and now I have a pending request for Tonya Harding to be my friend. So now Tonya is going through this same thought process on her end. "ctmf, wtf. I just met that dude... etc."
So is FaceBook doing this, or is it that maybe Tonya requested to be a friend and then canceled it, or what? It's happened a few times now, and I think it's too much coincidence to be the latter.
Related question: if you request someone to be a friend, and then immediately cancel the request (good luck figuring out how to do that "immediately," though, if you don't already know,) does the other person see anything later?