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Who Will Be Hal's 1000th Friend? :comments

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Tags: production, Video sharing, Voyeurism

So, okay, here’s the deal. Since my article in the New York Times Magazine came out about my failed Facebook Friends party, I’ve received hundreds of messages and friend requests. People have commiserated with me, shared their own tales of failed social events, and told me their philosophy of Facebook Friend adding/deleting/refusing. They’ve promised that if I’m ever in San Antonio or Palo Alto or Sudbury, they’ll buy me a beer. They are kind and, since most of them liked my piece, they seem smart too.

I still believe in the value of making “friends” online through Facebook or other social networks. Obviously I’m now far more skeptical of the possibility that one might take some of those virtual online friendships (which are more like connections, acquaintances, handshakes) and turn them into ongoing real life friendship. But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop using Facebook or stop accepting friend requests from people I don’t personally know.

So, with all that said, I’m on the cusp of having 1,000 friends. I am, to be precise, now at 959 friends. And I have 53 friend requests. This means that somewhere amidst all those friend requests is my 1000th friend. Who will it be? Well, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to take my 1000th friend out to lunch. (If they are anywhere near Toronto, that is…if they’re somewhere else I’ll send them flowers and we’ll do a virtual lunch.) I’m going to find out all about them. I’m going to report back to you about my 1000th Facebook friend. Who are they? Will they have lunch with me? Will they want to be my “real” friend? 

Sometime tonight or tomorrow I’ll be going through those 53 friend requests and adding them. I accept all comers so I won’t be picking and choosing…it will be a totally random in-order-of-friend-request process by which I arrive at friend one thousand. 

Stay tuned…


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And what happens if someone “unfriends” you, and you subsequently get a second 1,000th friend? Two lunches?

By Zeke on 2008 10 30

I like the displays that show me how to use the flowers in a bouquet. They have a few arrangements set up and then either sort the flowers by flower type or by color.
Send flowers

By Send flowers on 2009 12 30



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