Bobbie Johnson has posted an interesting article about Facebook whales. According to a recent New York Times article, people with more than 800 friends are perceived as insecure. Good think I currently have 760 friends! I should avoid approving my more than 200 friend requests so that I can maintain my personal security. Honestly though, I probably personally know a little over 500 of my contacts and the remainder are readers from my site. My younger cousin has over 1,000 friends though and is still in college.
I’d assume that college students and high school students are more generous with their adding of friends. Honestly, it is pretty difficult to know over 1000 people but for super networkers it is definitely feasible. Just think of all the people on LinkedIn with over 800 contacts. Are all those people insecure? I think some of them definitely are but not the majority. Then again we all have our own insecurities.
How many friends do you have? Do you think 800 is too many?