This week’s question comes courtesy of NaPP‘s own Will Truman (who is taller than I had guessed):
A few weeks ago, an old flame Friended me on Facebook. This was a surprise on a number of fronts, not the least of which was that I’d always figured that if she remembered me at all, it was with a shudder. It didn’t go well. It didn’t end well. It only barely started well. What the heck would she have to say with me on Facebook?
I accepted the invite. By morning, without a word being said, I had been unfriended.
The only one that competes with that is a guy that I actually was friends with in junior high. When high school rolled around, we drifted apart. I saw him at the high school reunion and he had no idea who I was. No idea at all. I slunk off awkwardly and nothing more was said between us. A couple months later we were Facebook Friends.
So to you Facebookers (or social networkeers) out there, what is the oddest Facebook friend request you have gotten to date?
For those of you who don’t Facebook, what is the weirdest reconnect you’ve ever had? Back when I used to go to live country music shows, I’d run into people I knew in high school. More often than not, it was someone that I didn’t really get along with. In some cases, it was people that were antagonistic. People I was on friendly terms with – were not, I suppose, the kind of people who went drinking and listening to steel guitars on a Friday night.
Yet every one of these people I wuld run into remembered me fondly. Every one of them remembered me as a friend. Only one of them made any sort of allusion to having given me a hard time (retroactively declared good-natured ribbing). It actually came across as sincere and not avoiding some elephant in the room.
There was one case where a young woman was telling her gentlemen friend this story of a guy and a girl who both were very fond of one another but for whom things tragically never quite came together. I was confused on two points: first that I did not recall having strong feelings about her one way or the other, and second because had the conversation not started with her saying “Hey! It’s Will Truman!” I would not have known that she had ever known my name.
Does this sort of thing ever happen to any of you?