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Old 05-12-2010, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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I recently joined FB in order to participate in several pages of places and people that I am interested in. As an old guy who came of age with the internet while working for the DOD, I have a bogus picture and almost nothing available regarding me. I find Facebook very useful to keep track of my favorite causes, programs etc. I have no "friends." I received a "friend request" from an unknown who sells railroad art, no doubt based on my interest in a couple of FB railroad sites. I initially accepted, and then received another "friend request" from another marketer of railroad stuff. I could see what was going on and deleted both of them. Quiet for awhile, but then recently received a "friend request" from a young woman who had a lot of young "friends" who no doubt wouldn't want to have anything to do with me. Instead of accepting, I sent her a message asking why she had inquired? Did we have someone in common? Her request disappeared along with my "sent" message Tonight I received another "friend request" from a young black woman who is apparently a heavy duty evangelical Christian with all black friends (I am an old white guy )

(I have searched this forum and didn't find any appropriate threads.) Can anybody else here shed light on their and perhaps my strange experiences with FB? Thanks in advance for your interesting replies

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Old 05-12-2010, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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(I have searched this forum and didn't find any appropriate threads.) Can anybody else here shed light on their and perhaps my strange experiences with FB? Thanks in advance for your interesting replies
Some people seem to collect FB friends for no other reason than to have the largest number of friends.

My own list is just people I actually know. Friends, relatives, cow orkers, and people of interest in my life. I reject most requests from people I don't know unless I somehow find them of interest (common mutual friends, for example).
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Old 05-13-2010, 03:58 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Can anybody else here shed light on their and perhaps my strange experiences with FB? Thanks in advance for your interesting replies
It's quite simple. They all want to have sex with you.
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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Some people seem to collect FB friends for no other reason than to have the largest number of friends ...
That's what I figured...

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It's quite simple. They all want to have sex with you.
Smart aleck!
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:59 PM
 
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FB is a mecca for predators of all types. If you must have a FB account, set all your security to the max, better yet, delete your account.

The Dangers of Facebook
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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FB is a mecca for predators of all types. If you must have a FB account, set all your security to the max, better yet, delete your account.

The Dangers of Facebook
I'm with you...
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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FB is a mecca for predators of all types. If you must have a FB account, set all your security to the max, better yet, delete your account ...
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I'm with you...
Thanks for these replies. They address the suspicions I had about these strange friend requests.
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Queensland
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Also, Top 10 Reasons Facebook is Evil « Dube’s World
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:11 PM
 
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I'm still waiting for the sequel site, buttbook.
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Old 05-15-2010, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Queensland
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Just in the news:

Man charged with Facebook teen's murder
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