Yet another journalist (Nicholas Coleridge, from the Telegraph), looks at Facebook , and, in particular, aspects of friendship. He comments “We have turned into a nation of social-stamp collectors.”
At the start of his facebook ventures, Coleridge was adding all offers of friendship – though not actually asking anyone to be a friend. Which more or less my view, unless I actually know someone for real; or it has come up in conversation for some reason.
I’ve not got any current students listed as friends, though I know that many of them have accounts.
I’ve now started to get one or two non-work related friends / relatives, but I think that I’ll still maintain a “professional” view on it; so not go down the emphasising what I’m doing socially.