Where do random friend requests on Facebook come from, and why?
June 29, 2007 7:46 PM Subscribe
Why do I get so many friend requests from people I don't know on Facebook?
posted by bijou to computers & internet (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
In the past month or two, I've been getting an increasing number of friend requests on Facebook from people I don't know.
They are always listed as 'no network,' and when I click on their profiles, they contain minimal information: a name, a sidebar with their friends and what schools they attend, and possibly a location or an e-mail address. No wall, no personal information, none of the other ornamentation. (This may be what Facebook calls a 'limited profile' but I don't know.)
I don't recognize their names or pictures, and we never have any mutual friends. Often their friends are people scattered about the country, with no pattern to indicate that they do anything but randomly select people to friend.
My question is, what purpose do random friendings like this serve? Are they trying to use Facebook and friending random people as a means to an end (advertising/spam, say)? Are they potential employers trying to check up on me?
Today I got three of these orphan requests, and while I blocked them all, I got curious as to where they come from and why.