I frequently get friend requests on Facebook from people I don't know. Of course, we have 6 degrees of friends in common but still, I've never personally met this person that I can remember, and see no reason to clutter my wall with their stuff and could care less about playing "he who has the most friends wins" and have always somewhat looked down on those who play that game.
(The blog game is played the same way and when I initially got into blogging the object was to go out and "follow" as many people as possible because, obviously, the larger your following the better your blog, right?)
But, then I noticed
that I have 143 Facebook "friends" and I asked myself, do you really know
that many people? How many of these friends actually know you by name
when they see you? So, I decided to wade through them to find out and
was somewhat surprised to see that all but about 6-8 of my friends I
know personally, by name. Throw in all of the people in my life who are
not Facebook friends and wow, you've got a village, and I don't think
of myself as a particularly popular guy.
Don't really know where this
is going except to observe that knowing this many people is a
dynamic new to human kind and I wonder about the ramifications.