QUOTE(Countysky @ Sep 26 2007, 02:04 PM)
Otherwise, you must already have someones email address to be able to contact them.
I've connected with a number of people in Facebook without knowing their e-mail addresses. I started out being friends with a couple of people I already knew. Then I looked through their friends lists, added in others that we knew in common. When those approved my requests, I looked through their
friends lists to see if there was anybody else I already knew but hadn't yet connected up with. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Maybe someday I'll start sending mass friend requests to everybody I find, everywhere, but for the moment, I've never sent a request to someone I haven't already met online or in person (or both). I figure if I don't have any friends in common with them, or I don't at least know their e-mail address, then it would probably be a bit of a stretch to call them a "friend." Perhaps I take too literal an interpretation of the term "friends
list." I'm just not an aggressive networker, I guess. YMMV.
are cetain community sites 'better' than others.
IMO, not intrinsically. But some are oriented toward one "community" and others are oriented toward another.
For instance, I have a MySpace page, but almost all my friends over there are artists, musicians and people I got to know through association with those artists and musicians. Every local musician I know of has a MySpace page.
My Facebook friends list, on the other hand, is full of SEO friends & acquaintances. Nary a musician on there (except my husband).
So -- IMO -- it's a matter of feeling out each community to see what sort of people generally hang out there. It's sort of like moving to a new city and trying to decide which local organizations and clubs to join. Try them out. Eventually you'll naturally gravitate toward those that feel "comfortable" for you depending on what you're looking for. No one is "better" than another, but some may be better for you