Facebook users continue to grow daily and as of March 2012, this top social networking site has recorded more than 835 million members.
Users find this social media platform beneficial in terms of connecting with old friends and colleagues as well as reaching people in the same business industry.
On Facebook, people can easily connect and add friends. The process is the same as in the past but certain modifications were made when Timeline was introduced earlier this year.
To add a friend, you just need to visit the profile or Timeline of the person and click the Add Friend button with the plus 1 sign on the right below the person’s name.
Once you click the button, a drop down menu will appear showing several list options.
This allows you to choose the list to which you’d like to add that person to, such as close friends, acquaintances and the other existing lists you may have.
Once you send the request, the person will instantly get a notification on his or her profile or Timeline’s Friend Requests section.
When he or she confirms your request, you will also be notified that you’re now connected on Facebook.
Sending a Personal Message on Facebook with your Friend Request is no longer available
The option to include a personal message upon sending your friend request is no longer available.
If you’d like to send them a note, however, you can click the Message button beside the Add Friend on the profile or Timeline.
In the message box that will appear next, you can introduce yourself and inform the person that you’ve sent a friend request.
Another way to connect with a Facebook user is through the list of people suggested to you.
Sometimes when you visit a friend’s profile or Timeline, there’s a People You May Know column on the right listing names of people connected to a friend or colleague.
If you know a person there, simply click the Add Friend link with the plus 1 sign and it will immediately send a friend request.
You can then choose which list to include the person in, such as in your close friends list, acquaintances and others.
A Word of Warning
Just because Facebook suggests a person to you, be mindful of whether you know the person or whether they are going to be open to receiving a Friend Request from you.
If you just start clicking Add Friend at random, without really knowing the people that you are connecting with, chances are you run the risk of getting a slap from Facebook.
If you send too many Friend Requests to people that do not know you, Facebook can (and does) impose a friending ban whereby you are prevented from sending further Friend Requests for a set number of days.
As to what constitutes too many is unknown, but just be aware that if you send out lots of Friend Requests to people that you do not know personally, Facebook will put a block on your account.
How to Cancel a Friend Request
In case you made a mistake when sending a friend request, you can cancel it any time.
Just click the Friend Request Sent button at the top right and from the dropdown menu, then click Cancel request at the bottom.
What do you think? Do you like to add the Friends as suggested by Facebook? Or do you only connect with those you know?
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By Wendy Chamberlain
Copyright 2012 Savvy Web Women Pty Ltd
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