Facebook needs no further introduction if we consider that one in eight people around the world has an account on this social network and that there are 530 million active users who upload 250 million photos, on a daily base. Yes, it is huge and it is a part of our lives.
Consequently, it makes us think that we would want for our new online match to be somewhere on our “friends list” on Facebook. Some want it because they are accustomed to interact with their friends and colleagues inside the network; others because they are anxious to take a peek on their date’s profile and find out extra information.
But precisely because people have this tendency to expose a considerable part of their life on social networks, making such an invitation to someone you just met online can be scary. So when would it be the right time to Facebook someone you have beginning to have a virtual romance with?
What is the worst that can happen?
Making this step can either end well or very bad. You may be lucky enough to find someone that doesn’t make abuse of all the applications available on the network and that does not fill your wall with wacky posts or your news feed with posts that will desperately want you look for a “dislike” or “ignore” button. In this happy scenario, you will get to take advantage of everything you see in there to know your partner better and have a lot more inspiration during your chats or with regards to proposing for a first real date.
But what if you bump into a rather compulsive person that will flood your inbox, send friend requests to all your best friends, start making all sort of tacky comments and give you a terrible daily Facebook experience?
The good news however is that there is still a good part even in this worst situation: you will find out faster that you have made a mistake and move on to a new potential online better half.
What should you do?
You can either wait, or resort to a trick. If you are willing to wait, it should be for about a few days, to convince yourself there might be a spark. Anyway, no friend requests from your first chat, but preferably after you had the chance to talk on Skype or Messenger.
As for the trick, ask a friend of yours to add that someone on Facebook – of course, after you were removed from his or her list so that the connection will be harder to make – and scoop from a distance. If you like what you see, you can take the plunge to make the invitation to your online date.
However, it would be advisable to ask the consent before proceeding, even if you have discovered his/hers account on your own.