|Army of Barbies by Senor Codo, CC SA2.0|
When strangers follow me on twitter, I don't think twice about it, but when people I have never met friend me on Facebook, I often debate whether to confirm or ignore the request. A well-known librarian whom I had never met friended me recently and after some thought I confirmed his request. Soon after that I saw him at a conference and I introduced myself, he was indifferent. I told him that he had recently friended me, and still, he didn't seem to know who I was.
People are collecting "friends" or "followers," but are they really connecting? Do you ever engage with your FB friends who aren't really friends? Do you really read the tweets of your hundreds or thousands of followers? Do you attempt to meet them in person at events? How can you truly connect with these people? Isn't social media about connecting? Or is it just collecting? Do you collect? or connect? or do you manage to do both?