This morning I posted a public post on Facebook asking if anyone besides me is seeing weird “Outer Limit” occurrences on Facebook.
I got all kinds of answers.
Me-I have squatters (thank you Lisa O for giving me that term). Squatters are “friends” you never requested or accepted. I put all friends on lists the minute I send a request OR the minute I accept a friend. I use these lists. I learned about lists from the one and the only Mike Mueller of http://areweconnected.com/ and I highly recommend subscribing to this page as Mike would never steer you wrong with the exception of SantaCon but there is a reason for this – love you Mike.
I had been sending out invites to a local event and I filtered through all friends to make sure I had not missed anyone. I saw 5-6 names I did not recognize so I wrote these names down to check them later.
Much to my surprise they were not on any of my lists which was a first clue that they had some how come into my Facebook through the outer limits, and they were/are not people I would have accepted in the first place. Not that I am a FB snob, I just vet everyone new because I don’t like to unfriend people down the road.
The reason I use lists is because I did not do what many people do from the get-go. I did not just keep my FB personal and to real friends only. When business contacts started to appear I put them on lists and I use my lists. Yes, there’s a list for that is my mantra. I have lists for real estate people, social media people, special friends, secrets, none of your business, breast cancer related posts only, and more. I use them religiously. It is one extra step after writing a post to decide whom I want it to reach, and takes under 15 seconds. Yes, there’s a list for that and more on my Facebook and that is how I catch squatters.
Mike has me on a very special list!
I actually got a lot of different complaints about changes people are seeing on Facebook and the recommendation I leave you with today is that you should check all your friends from time to time – you may find some friends you did not know you have, and find yourself humming the outer limits theme song.