We all know that Facebook is a great place to keep in touch with friends and family and stay connected in their lives in a small way. Unfortunately, the social networking site is also a cesspool for spammers, Internet hackers, and worst of all…creepers. I’m real-life and also Facebook friends with some good looking girls I’ve met throughout my travels in many states and am always amazed when friends who have never left my hometown are suddenly Facebook friends with these girls too. Many guys (and girls) will search through Facebook looking for pictures of good looking people and will request to be their friend. For some odd reason, these ‘beautiful people’ will accept every friend request that comes their way. What some people don’t know is that Facebook actually has steps in place to ban people from making friend requests. Here are some of the things that cause the banning of friend requests and what you can do to prevent or rebound from a ban.
“I knew I shouldn’t have Facebook creeped those guys from bridge club.” Image: http://ia.media-imdb.com/
When you first initially sign up for Facebook, the site gives you a list of people you may know either because they live near you, have similar education backgrounds or have listed the same employer in the work history. Facebook does this because it feels sorry for you that you have no friends. Just kidding, this is actually a way to help you get familiar with the site as it will probably take some getting used to for newcomers. Within that first week or two of joining Facebook, a new user will probably feel like the most popular person in the world in acquiring dozens new friends a day. Facebook actually gives a couple weeks grace period to build up your friend account as it is part of the registration process.
Where the banning from friend requests comes into play is if after being on Facebook for a while, all of a sudden your account is sending out multiple friend requests a day out of the ordinary. This could be an honest move on your part, whether you move to a new city or school or take on a new job. The reason Facebook invokes the ban is for Facebook security measures. In their eyes, your account has been compromised and hackers are trying to gain friends on your good name in order to reel them in to their website or to sell them some goods.
Another reason Facebook bans you from making friend requests is if too many of your buddy bids go unanswered. This could be simply because nobody likes your incessant Zynga Bingo game requests but it’s most likely again because of spammers or creepers. Spammers will send out thousands of friend requests per day to people they don’t know in order to solicit them for money. Other creepers just send friend requests to every ‘hot babe’ on Facebook so they can drool over their pictures and put one in their wallet to claim as their ‘girlfriend, but she’s from out of town you wouldn’t know her.’
“She’s totally real you guys…I swear.” image: http://weeklyworldnews.com/
If you have been banned from making friend requests, it’s usually just temporary to ensure your acts aren’t deceitful. In order to avoid it in the future, make sure you actually know the people you’re requesting to be your friend – and make sure they know you in some way…besides as ‘the creepy guy who lives in my building.’