Be My Friend? Not Now: Facebook Alters Request Options

By Erin Harrison September 22, 2010

Ever get a “friend” request on Facebook that you’re, well….just not quite sure what to do with? For the undecided, Facebook will be adding a new request option called “Not Now” instead of the less-amicable, more absolute “Ignore” option. 


Today on Facebook, you have two options for processing friend requests: confirm or ignore. Inside Facebook reported that the social networking site will add the new option to how people friend each other, “trying to limit unwanted social behavior.”

Facebook officials have not yet released details of when the new option will be launched and were not immediately available for comment Wednesday.

The “Not Now” option will relegate the user’s request to a separate menu called “Hidden Requests.” “You can then confirm the person later in this menu, if you want, and in the meantime they’ll just see that they’re “awaiting friend confirmation” from you in the interface. Just as when you choose to not accept a friend request, they will not be notified when you give them this new designation,” Inside Facebook reported.

Like? Or Dislike?

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Inside Facebook is an independent service of Inside Network, and provides news and market research to the Facebook platform and social gaming ecosystem. Inside Facebook focuses on Facebook and the Facebook Platform for developers and marketers. Inside Facebook was started by Justin Smith in April 2006.

In other Facebook news, the site is today launching features to give Facebook game players better control over the updates seen in their News Feed.


Erin Harrison is Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, for TMC, where she oversees the company�s strategic editorial initiatives, including the launch of several new print and online initiatives. She plays an active role in the print publications and TechZone360, covering IP communications, information technology and other related topics. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

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