Facebook 106: Inviting Friends to Join Facebook

Facebook without friends is like… well, I’m not sure exactly what the simile would be, but it would certainly be lonely.

But you don’t need to remain friendless for long. If you’re a SMUGgle, I for one would be glad to be your friend. Just indicate your SMUGgleness when you send the friend request.

But I’m getting ahead of myself…or maybe ahead of you. What if you don’t know how to invite a friend?

That’s what this course is about. It’s easy.

From your Facebook banner, click the “Friends” link…

Then choose “Invite Friends

And you will have the choice to either manually enter email addresses for individuals,

or to import them from your Gmail, Yahoo Mail or other web-based mail service OR import your email address book from your local computer.

The other option is to “Find Friends” which leads to to some interesting opportunities to re-connect with people from your distant past.

That gives you a chance to search your address book, too, but what’s even better is the feature that lets you find former classmates:

I did this search last week and found 14 of my high school classmates (out of a class of 400) from 1981. Unless you’re significantly older (or from a much smaller school), you should be able to find some from your high school class, too. And by searching your email address book, you should be guaranteed to have some friends who are already in Facebook.

But if not, why not start a trend? Then you can be “cool” or “hip” or “with it” or “the cat’s meow” or whatever adjective described leaders of the “in” crowd back in your formative years.

You can be the one who single-handedly leads your contemporaries into the world of social networking!

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Author: Lee Aase

Married father of six and grandfather of seven, and the Chancellor of SMUG - Social Media University, Global. By day I'm the Director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. Whatever I say here is my personal opinion, and doesn't reflect the positions of my employer.

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