I opened a Friendster account five years ago, when I was still in college, mainly to keep in touch with my classmates and friends. Gone were the days when I would hand-write a letter, using a beautiful stationery I used to buy and collect, and drop it off at the post office located within the campus. These days, Friendster and Facebook keep me updated regarding everyone I know.
For some reason, my Friendster account wasn’t set to private. I had always assumed nobody would be interested in my profile and never really paid any attention to the “Who’s Viewed Me?” option. Sometime last year however, I checked who actually viewed me, and saw that most of them were strangers. These “viewers” never really left messages; they just peeked in and left. I thought, “Who are they to read my profile?” It’s like somebody is looking into your home to see what’s there, and then leave. Since then, I’ve set my Friendster to private: only my profile photo, first name, location, and marital status are displayed.
To my surprise, that increased the number of strangers looking into my Friendster account. Since they can no longer view my page and profile details, they started sending “Friend Requests”. Of course, I don’t accept requests, until unless I personally know that person. And then, messages started to pour in. Lately, most of them are from Indian or Pakistani men. If I’m not blogging or chatting, sometimes I read these messages. That’s when I realized how funny these messages actually are. Here are three of the several messages from strangers that I have received recently:
Subject: Boring Here
Message: I am Majid. I am interested to contact you. If you feel free, then you can reply.
Message: I sent you friend request, accept it. I am architect here in Abu Dhabi, I know you are also located in Dubai, so you can accept my request. If you don’t mind, can you be friendship with me?
Subject: Your Friend
Message: I am refreshed to see a girl with hijab here in Friendster. This is mostly Filipinos here. You are good, MashaAllah. Are you from Pakistan? I am also in Pakistan and my name is Ali. I work in a job here and you can feel free to call me at (provides two phone numbers, a cellphone and a landline) during office hours. Thank you.
A note to guys like these: do something productive and meaningful in life, and do read your messages over and over again before posting them anywhere, making sure that they make sense.