Dear Abby: Should I turn away new ‘friends’?

By Steve Outing

Dear Abby:
I have no shortage of (Facebook) friends, and new ones come in regularly. But some of the online invitations for friendship come from people I don’t know. Some are from folks in my field, so there’s some kinship and common bond even though we haven’t formally met. Some are from college students, studying the field that I’m in (new media, grassroots media). Some seem to have no connection to me whatsoever — so those get treated like spam and the invitations rejected.

But what’s the etiquette here? Should I “befriend” complete strangers if we’ve got something in common? Should I limit my Facebook friends to people I’ve met?

What to do, Abby? … Abby, are you out there? …

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!