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Accepting Friends

Brittany writes in (via Facebook):

Hi TAPA,

what better way to ask a question about Facebook, then via FB message? I’m wondering where you come down on adding other crew members (including those that are above you) or cast as friends on Facebook.

What if THEY friend request you? Should you wait until the project is over? What if it’s just on hiatus?

My habit is to accept any and all Facebook friend requests, if I actually know the person. I feel like it’s a slight to not accept the request.

Which is why I think bosses shouldn’t make such requests of their employees; it puts the underling in an awkward position. It’s just this side of being Facebook friends with your mom. Once you accept the request, be careful what you say. (Really, you should be careful, anyway.)

When it comes to sending requests, I treat it like I would any other time; I only send requests to people I like. So, if you didn’t get a friend request from me? Yeah, I think you’re an asshole.

When you’re in an office-type job (accounting, art department, sometimes locations, ironically), you can expect friend requests to fly around pretty quickly in the first couple episodes. I get about two dozen new friends every show.

I’d be careful about sending friend requests to people up the chain, like producers, directors, or even actors. It’ll look like butt-kissing if you’ve never actually interacted with them before. Some of them can be very protective of their friend list, and will think it’s weird that a virtual stranger sent a friend request.

Also, a lot of them don’t even have Facebook pages, because they’re old.

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Pictured above: anyone without a Facebook page.
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