Post # 1
But you don’t know anyone named ‘Jane Doe’, online or otherwise. Would you accept the request or not?
Someone I don’t know sent me a friend request on FB, and the name isn’t familiar. I only play like 2 games on there, don’t normally add people I’m unfamiliar with, and am awaiting a reply from her to see if she responds. The only thing I can think of is that she knows me from some other online social network and somehow found my real name?
Bees, anything like this happen to you? I’ve searched the actual name (and am coming up blank). It’s a woman, who looks to be in her 40s, and pretty much nothing on her profile. No mutual friends, 1 picture, no postings. I have my profile locked up tight, so I’m not used to random requests.
ETA: This isn’t a huge dilemma, it’s merely getting opinions. If you’re going to be snarky, please do not post. Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
If you don’t know someone, why give them access to your personal info on Facebook?
Post # 4
Absolutely not! If you don’t know them, why would you want to be friends with them? I don’t understand why this is even a dilemma.
Post # 5
It’s not a dilemma, it’s merely concerning me because someone I don’t know of (at least currently) has sent me a friend request. It doesn’t appear to be one of those fake profiles, so I’m just wondering if this person knows me from some where else or what. Obviously I’m not used to getting strangers friend requests.
I guess I’ll accept the request long enough to go through the pictures and info, and if I don’t know her, I’ll block her.
Post # 6
Lots of people randomly friend request people they don’t know. It’s like how myspace was back in the day – people just find random people and add them.
If you go on her page it should tell you if you have any mutual friends. If you don’t don’t add them. And if you don’t want to add them – don’t add them! It’s not like you’re going to hurt her feelings because you don’t know her.
Post # 7
Okay she replied to my email. She thought I was someone else with a similar name. Problem solved! 🙂
Post # 8
Yeah I just dont add anyone I don’t know! 😛
Post # 9
I’d send her a message asking her how I know her before deciding.
It’s happened to me more than once.
Post # 10
This was a pet peeve when FB had the poke feature. Why didn’t sending a friend request temporarily open a profile up like poking did?
Usually I don’t, as people sometimes use FB to help steal someone’s identity. I do some activities where you meet a ton of people though. If it looks like they are into one of those, I give them a chance.
Post # 11
@Sweet_Tea: The first thing I do is check to see if we have any mutual friends. If we do have mutual friends, then I ask one of them about Jane Doe and make my decision based off what they say. If we have no mutual friends, then I decline.
Post # 12
This is exactly the same thing I do.
Post # 13
The answer is usually no. FI’s nutjob ex did this to me a few times–made a fake profile and tried to add me. I added one of them because I knew it was her, so I let her see how happy we were and all of the fun stuff we were doing, made her feel like a moron, and then deleted her. She STILL played dumb until I called her out, then she started calling me names. Ooookay.
Post # 14
@Sweet_Tea: This happens to me a few times a year. I just ignore them. I used to add “fake” accounts to play games, and had super complicated privacy settings, but I ended up deleting like all of them and simplifying my privacy settings. If I don’t know the person, I don’t add them… simple as that.
Sometimes people click to add you by accident, I would imagine. I often mindlessly creep people that I don’t know, just by clicking on a few things… friends of friends etc… I’ve never hit the “add friend” button by accident, but it’s bound to happen.
Post # 15
No I hit decline. Then I report it as someone I don’t know so it blocks them.
Post # 16
My FB is very private as it is, so I would just ignore.