Facebook has successfully changed the meaning of a friend. When I grew up a friend was someone I could count on. They had my back and I had theirs. We spent most free time together doing what young boys did. We had fun together and worked through disagreements.
Facebook has chosen to name someone who has an account that wants to access your posts or you theirs. Not quite what I used to think of as a friend. I now have over one thousand friends on Facebook.
To be my friend all you have to do is locate my Facebook page and click the Friend button to request to become one. I then get a notification that you are requesting to join in with me. However, there are now people who spoof someone else’s page and request to be my friend. I know them so I used to simply accept the request. Wrong! I then would end up with two accounts for the same person. One was my friend and the other someone pretending to be my friend to attempt to market something to me on Facebook or on Facebook Messenger.
Here is the method I use to ensure that the friend request is valid.
Valid Friend Request?
I can confirm or delete the request right away. I do not know Juan but I do know those who are mutual friends and could easily confirm because of that. But what if this is a spoofed account?
I click on the name which is a link.
I click the search button.
A list of names appears and I choose the first one and click the search button again.
I see that I am already friends with him so the new request is probably bogus.
I scroll down and click the Respond to Friend Request…
and choose Delete Request. If he was not already a friend I would Confirm the request.
I hope this helps you to avoid illegitimate friends on your Facebook.