Most of the people I'm friends with fall into the following categories:
- People I am friends with, right now
- People I went to school with (college, high school, middle school) that I'd lost touch with
- People I work with or have worked with in the past; primarily people I trust more than I trust the average person I work/worked with
Dude, I'm not going to friend you. You are not my friend, in any sense of the word.
I know many people use various forms of social networking for work purposes. That's fine-- but that's why I'm on Linked.In, not Face.book. I do occasionally post personal stuff on the FB, and there's no way in heck I'm going to give a work vendor access to that stuff.
Public. Private. There's a difference.
The nice part about FB is that I can "ignore" his request. And if he ever asks me straight out why I didn't accept the request, I'll be honest: FB is for my personal life, and my work and personal lives do not mix on a regular basis.
Sometimes I think it would be easier to have a pseudonymn, so I wasn't findable to the general public. Something dramatic and mysterious, perhaps. Hm.