I’m very conflicted when it comes to Facebook these days.  I love the social networking aspect of it where you can stay in touch with family and friends, find those you have lost touch with including classmates from many years ago as well as former co-workers.  It allows you to resurrect relationships, catch up on life changing events, share pictures and videos, offer birthday and anniversary wishes…you get the picture.

However there is a downside and that is some feel the need to use it to spew hateful messages and even make fun of those that don’t share their political beliefs.  Clearly this has toned down a bit in recent months but it has not disappeared and at times just takes on a different slant.

My conflicts have more to do with things like friend requests and birthdays and while seemingly insignificant they pose problems for me.  What is the criteria for accepting friend requests from those you don’t know well or don’t know at all?  If there are no mutual friends it’s an easy decision to simply delete but what if you have 5, 10, 20 or even more mutual Facebook friends.  Is there a number that automatically leads you to accept the request?

The birthday one is something I just dealt with.  I like to wish just about every friend a Happy Birthday but again in some cases you are dealing with those you don’t know well.  Recently I sent good wishes to someone who had actually died in the last year which of course I did not know.  I felt terrible when told by someone else and am wondering if I should be more selective in the future.

For those of you who are among my 3,452 Facebook friends it’s nice to be connected…even if I don’t know who you are.

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