I don’t know any other website that sends so many frequent invitations to become friends with complete strangers, than Windows Live.
It seems that every time I log in to Messenger, there’s at least ONE (or many!) invitations from users who obviously really don’t know me, and it’s annoying! I get invites frequently from a lot of Chinese people with rough English skills, people who are just SO lonely, they need me to be their friends, people who don’t give a reason, etc. These people need to get a life.
If you want to be my friend, here are some tips:
- Speak English fluently
- Comment or correspond somewhat regularly
- Have an active profile or presence
- Add me because you have the same interests as I do
- Give a good reason that’s sent along with the invite (no simple “Hi” or “I need a friend” will do)
I think one good reason why it seems that Profile or Spaces will never be a mainstream thing in America is because of the stupid unsolicited spam that goes through Profiles & Spaces. I don’t ever seem to get such messages often at all on MySpace or Facebook.
I might be lenient an add someone to my profile and not WLM, but I’m worried about the security of my e-mail address. I’ve had tons of Facebook and MySpace requests (not to mention social networks from other nations!) linked to my e-mail (I use a different e-mail address for that), and they must use that feature where it asks if you want to invite everyone in your address book that doesn’t have a profile linked to that e-mail yet. Talk about vexatious.
Does anyone know how I can stop that? Obviously I can’t get rid of myself on someone’s address book, but I don’t want to block e-mails if I can avoid it.
So if you’re interested in adding me, please have courtesy to give a good reason as why I should add you, and keep an active identity.