One of the most scary messages in one's inbox is the line "Giepie de Lange (or whoever) wants to be friends on Facebook", says Susan Erasmus.
It's the problem with social networking – you never walk alone. The Giepies of the world are right there beside you, whether you want them or not.
There are a few things about Facebook that I find downright scary, apart from friend requests. One of them is the facility where one can suggest friends for someone else. Another is the automatic friend search section. By the looks it, they should introduce a section called "Find friends at gunpoint". Are those the ones who can shoot you if you don't reply in 2 hours?
I am deeply suspicious of anyone who has hundreds of friends on Facebook. How many people can you know? Or more importantly, how many people do you want to know you? If someone has 987 Facebook friends, I know I am looking at a person who is either a public figure, or who has a self-image so low that they would trawl the telephone directory for possible contacts in order to make themselves look popular. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
If Facebook accepts my constructive suggestions, a small fee will have to be negotiated.