You meet her at a social gathering. You randomly chat with her for exactly 4 and half minutes and then off she goes. But before she pops off you do manage to get her name and note it down. (Though not literally!) She disappears into the crowd and so do you. You head back home and switch on your PC the first thing. You are already logged in on Facebook. Remembering the girl who you met only a few hours before, you type in her name expectantly. Numerous search results appear on the screen. Damn, I should have got her name spelled out! You scroll down the list to find Aishwarya Rais, Angelina Jolies all gleaming at you. Ah, if only people could put their own photos as profile pictures things would have been lot easier. Just as you curse, you remember keeping Johnny Depp as your profile pic only few days back and retract your earlier stand. Numerous thoughts fly in your mind. Did she trick me? Did I type in the correct name? Did I hear her properly? For god’s sake get it right, won’t you!
Making friends in real world is easy. Making friends in virtual world is even easier! A very close friend of mine had god knows how many friends. I couldn’t help but to ask him, eppadi da? How come? Do you know each and every one of them personally? He gave an explanation which confounds me till date. I make friends based on my compatible academic interests. Intellectual stuff! I back out. After some time, I again get curious and ask him what his count is now. He candidly says, “Facebook has banned me temporarily from adding new friends and this is the third time they have done so.” I look at my count and resign myself to a corner.
Points to be taken care of…
I don’t know all of them. I sent friend request to majority of them. I rejected few which came rather anonymously and few which I felt didn’t warrant being my friend. But if I need to apply that formula every time, my friends count would have stagnated at 250. There were some to whom I religiously sent requests. On occasions I was left disappointed to find the person not on Facebook. I mean who wouldn’t want to be on the most popular social networking site of all! There were people who would reject my request or make me wait which I didn’t mind either. There was one moment which had me saying, “Hey will you accept my request if I send you one?” and of course she accepted it.
I started facebooking pretty late. Looking back I surely have come a long way since then. Some time ago, I posted a status which read “Looking at all your profile pictures here in FB in a way gives a slice of your transformation.” Transformation and how! A recent picture of mine got 100 likes. The first time I crossed a century in likes. I immediately saw my friend count. It read 499. Hey! Even if half of them I can claim to be real friends with liked my statuses or photos, I would have been more popular. But then you later realize you can’t judge your popularity just on likes and comments that seldom tells the truth. You can’t gamble on something as precious as that with other person’s opinion.
Guys I am struck at 499! Help me reach that special milestone for I am not sending the wretched request.
This has been my most honest post till now which I especially cherished writing!