Posted at 11:12 AM on October 9, 2007
by Larissa Anderson
As if we needed any more complications in our everyday social interactions, online social networks have created a whole new slew of potentially awkward moments just waiting to happen.
For a little help, you can read this article in Slate about Facebook etiquette, which answers such questions as
How long should you wait to send a friend request to someone you've just met?
How do you decide whether it's OK to friend someone?
Is it OK to de-friend someone?
The thing is, these questions are not all that silly.
I walk the shy road on Myspace, rarely reaching out to someone - even someone I'm friends with in real space and time - by asking to be their friend. I'm almost always aloof online. Should I friend more people? When other people want to friend me, should I care if they have questionable comments on their profile page? Should I labor over how casual or cool I do or don't sound when I make a comment on someone else's profile page?
Except there's no beep on Facebook.