How do you respond when a co-worker, casual friend or neighbor confronts you about ignoring their Facebook friend request? Three etiquette experts reveal nice ways to reject unwanted Facebook friend requests… without sounding rude:
1. Explain that you don’t have a wide circle on Facebook and that you keep your Facebook kind of private. -Amy Alkon, syndicated “Advice Goddess” columnist and author.
2. Soften possible feelings of rejection by telling the wannabe friend how much you enjoy spending time with them in the real world. -Jodi R. R. Smith, president of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting.
3. Give co-workers another, less intimate, online option for connecting with you. Say something like, “I’m keeping business separate from personal; however, I would be glad to add you to my Linked-In page.” -Jacqueline Whitmore, etiquette expert and author.
What’s your strategy? Add your Facebook etiquette tips below…