My friend, Leyan, pointed out today that I'm on the front page of Facebook's new 360 video guides page (a surprise). It's a photo taken by Ragnar Sigurdsson of me piloting a DJI Inspire 1 over a volcano in Iceland. The internet is a strange place!
If you're reading this and are not already browsing Facebook using HTTPS (secure HTTP), you need to go to Facebook RIGHT NOW and enable the option (lest you fall victim to [Firesheep](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firesheep)). In in your [Account Settings](https://www.facebook.com/editaccount.php?ref=mb&drop) under Account Security -> Secure Browsing (https). If you need more help, [Gizmodo has a great tutorial about how to do it](http://gizmodo.com/5748754/how-to-keep-your-facebook-secure-by-enabling-https).
After being away from real internet for the past 11 days, I returned to find the typical couple dozen Facebook friend requests. Here's the breakdown:
- Totally random/unknown people: 8 - Random/unknown diving or photo people: 5 - Random/unknown Sea Shepherd fans: 4 - Personal friends: 2 - Known dive/photo acquaintances: 1 - People known only virtually: 1
In this case, I accepted 4 of them, but I had to think about accepting the virtual acquaintance. In this case, she passed the test.
My Facebook "friend" list is really a list of acquaintances, and although my bar for connecting is rather low, I still Ignore at least 5 people for every one that I accept. It's nothing personal.
My bar for Facebook "friendship":
If you are someone I ...
1. ... know in person, we've spent time together in real life, and I have a neutral or better feeling. 2. ... have never met, we have had significant dealings virtually over an extended period of time, and I'm sure you are a real person. 3. ... totally don't recognize, then I must be a big fan of you or your work.
I also have no qualms about de-friending people, although the amount of offense it takes to be removed is directly proportional to how well I know the person and how long I've known them. My Facebook page is not a public space, and I choose to make it a place that I enjoy.
My Twitter friend criteria is much more complicated. Twitter is very useful as infrastructure, but I find it to be poorly conceived and potentially intrusive as a community. As a result, I choose to keep the list I follow short, and even close friends may be excluded if our update styles are not compatible.
I'm currently blocking 87 applications (and 5 individuals) on Facebook for what I call "Facebook application spam." I don't care what kind of vegetable you are most like, and I don't care to have a [random object here] thrown at me.
Facebook will probably add privacy features to account for this problem eventually, but in the meantime, we have to block every annoying application we see to prevent repeated spam from annoying applications / individuals.
Want to see my current block list?
> Slide FunSpace Pirates vs. Ninjas Likeness Movies Traveler IQ Challenge RockYou Live (formerly Super Wall) SuperPoke! Vampires SpeedDate YouTube Video Box Snowball Fight! Verbal IQ Test Zombies College Rivalries Compare People My Heroes Ability Cars (Car IQ) Speed Racing (fluff)Friends Friends For Sale! Top Friends Send Prosperity Causes DivePoke Galaxy Trade Wars Superlatives Imperial Galaxy Watch Colbert ??? Happy Chinese New Year PackRat Send Good Karma Knighthood SharkBreak What Musical Instrument are you? (best version!) SpeedDate Triumph (Lil) Green Patch Owned! Actions Pro [new name!] Stanford Sixth Man Which violinist are you? Typing Speed Movie Pong Eyesores Bumper Sticker My Camera Gear San Francisco Giants Fans Where I've Been Smarty Pants Visual Bookshelf Marvel Characters Halloween Gifts Coolest Person Contest Korean Food Save Our Oceans Japanese Sweets The Visa Business Network NetworkedBlogs 20,000,000 Strong for Obama Tetris Friends Scramble Earthkeepers Re-Green Greensburg Best Friend Contest Kidnap! (Lil) Blue Cove SocialCalendar Birthday Calendar My Christmas Snow Globes The Brain Game YoVille Mob Wars Christmas Gifts for Friends MyCalendar Hugs Most Beautiful Person Contest MyCalendar SCRABBLE Pirates: Rule the Caribbean! Adopt a Reef Nicest Person Contest Killer Whales Starbucks Coffees. Saudi LifeStyle Birthday Cards SCUBA Gifts Interview
For me, it all started with the Pirates vs. Ninjas app. I curse all Facebook pirates and ninjas! The list continues to grow, every day.