My husband is always giving me a hard time about how many friend requests on FaceBook that I just let sit. I have been giving these “friends” a chance to interact before I let them into my life, but it just doesn’t happen…so NO MORE!
Twice I have posted on FaceBook that if you are not family, a current or past-life friend or someone that I just met In Real Life – I expect a note from you explaining who you are, why you want to be “friends” and where we might have met if my little brain forgot (coffee doesn’t cure all people!).
If you were to go to a real life networking event and went around slipping your business card into people’s back pocket – would you expect them to call or interact with you? So why is it ok online? It’s NOT! Please reach out to the people you want to befriend – it’s quality over quantity.
A quick note would go something like this:
“Hi Jen! We haven’t met before, but so-and-so said you were super funny and a rockin’ Mom so I thought we could get to know each other better. Happy Tuesday!”
This goes for LinkedIn as well – it’s just plain common courtesy!
Another tip: write a note BACK to the person who wants to be your friend – again, think “what would I do in real life?”