So recently a colleague suggested I should "friend" Clark Judge on Facebook. Clark is a former George H.W. Bush speechwriter who runs the White House Writers Group. Clark and I have corresponded over the years and he's spoken at several conferences I've put on. He's a smart conservative (a real niche in Washington these days).
So I "friend" Clark, and he friends me back.
Here's where it gets interesting:
Clark is a big wheel, so I go searching his friends, looking for famous people I can friend.
I friend David Frum, speechwriter-turned-pundit who notoriously penned the line "axis of evil" for President Bush.
Frum friends me back and I go searching for luminaries among his friends, which include Tucker Carlson. I friend Tucker, telling him in a note, that I'm friends with Frum. (Well, I am, aren't I?) I also suggest that Tucker should subscribe to my weekly e-zine, the Executive Communication Report, which might provide him an occasional insight and some grist for the 24-hour cable TV mouth-flapping mill.
Tucker friends me back, thanks me for the link and declares his intention to subscribe to the e-zine, which is cool. Not content, I of course search his friends, and friend several of them.
Scared about who I might friend next, I call it a night and go to bed. In the morning, I find this in my e-mail:
From: Facebook <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: noreply <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 08:02:17 -0800
To: David Murray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: G Gordon Liddy confirmed you as a friend on Facebook…
G Gordon confirmed you as a friend on Facebook.
To view G Gordon's profile or write on his Wall, follow this link:
Everybody's Facebooking and Linking-In these days. What are your adventures in online grab-ass?