This is why I don’t friend people on Facebook with whom I haven’t been in touch for a long time.
If someone contacts me, I am always super friendly, responding to their messages in turn. But this is the response I got from an old college friend to whom I had written, “Hey, it’s been so long! What have you been up to?” (Bracketed phrases are mine.)
I’m in [Some State], because I just married someone who works here. I left [Overseas Country] in 2003, as an internal transfer at [Boring Company] to their head office. I decided to leave [My Field] in 2006 and moved back to the states for a job at a [Finance-y Sumpin] in [Another City], where my husband [Robot-Guy] and I met. I’m looking for a job right now and not expecting to find anything in this economy. I’m applying to [Some Training Program], so I’ll have something intellectually stimulating to do and not drive my husband crazy by ranting about [Something Finance-y] all the time. ( I used to be a [Finance-y Sumpin] in [Another City].) [Robot-Guy’s] parents are taking us on a cruise next June, and we board the ship from [Yet Another City], so I’m going to try to see [Another Robot Girl from College Who Never Even Replied to My Facebook Message], who lives there now. [Robot-Guy] and I leave for [Hometown] on Saturday.
Yes I know, there’s nothing wrong with the message itself, but c’mon, can I buy a greeting? A “Hey! It’s great to hear from you!”? ONE question, or even just a “Hope all is well”? It reads like a form letter, the form letter she sends out whenever someone from the past contacts her.
I almost wish she didn’t even write a message and just friended me back. Because that’s what it’s all about you know, how many “friends” you have on Facebook.