02-Jan-2011

Facebook Friend Requests

I previously wrote about my experience with Facebook where I covered Facebook limits and warnings. There are limits and warnings along with Facebook account suspensions associated with the activity of making friends!

At this time I have friend requests pending confirmation-acceptance; I am able to make new friend requests except sometimes Facebook will block me from making friend requests. I have seen 3 different types of messages when I make a friend request.

  1. So-and-so will have to confirm your request. Please only send this request if you know her personally.
  2. If you send a request to a stranger, it will be considered spam and your friend request will be blocked temporarily. Please only send this request if you know this user.
  3. This Request Can't Be Sent. Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can't be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you're seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.

Because of my previous Facebook warning experience, I am leery about doing anything to violate terms of use. The type 1 message above is the only case where I submit my friend requests. Type 2 just seems too grave a consequence for the benefit of reaching out to someone to make a Facebook friendship.

For the most part, I am not able to make any sense of this. I can only surmise that Facebook, with its awesome statistics on the number of users, has to control the situation with respect to automated spam bots. However, control is hampering the ability for users to make friends which would seem counter-productive for Facebook's goal to increase the user-base and user interactions.

In typical fashion, I proceeded with an Internet search and found plenty of information on this anti-social restriction at this social media networking giant. There are many people who report having an issue with making friend requests on Facebook, including those with account suspensions/bans. In my search, I came across a Facebook page on the topic.

Is there any chance of Facebook cleaning up on this mess? I hope so. Will the mess deter Facebook from amassing continuing growth? I doubt it. Facebook is simply too powerful with so many users behind them. Voting with the feet will not help unless there are huge numbers.


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