Edward Snowden Outs Santa Claus for Using US Spy Technology!

Santa using Tempora (click to enlarge)

Santa using Tempora (click to enlarge)

Have you ever wondered how Santa knows you when you’re sleeping? How he knows when you’re awake? And how he knows when you’ve been good or bad?

Well, you might think you know! However, it’s not likely you really knew if what American traitor Edward Snowden says is true!

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How to Cancel or Retract Friend Requests on Facebook… and Why?

UPDATE!

Now you can cancel your Friend Request simply by going to that person’s page, scrolling down to the very bottom left and clicking on the box that says “CANCEL FRIEND REQUEST”.

Thanks to an anonymous commenter below for the update and congrats to Facebook for finally getting smart on this feature. Now, if only if it could move on a whole bunch of other bad features it has!

Why would you care to cancel Facebook Friend Requests?

Because after you send a friend request, they can check out all your profile you would share with your friends. That’s to help verify who you are if they don’t know you, or let them decide if they want to associate with you based on what you’ve done on Facebook… or told of what you’ve done in life. It’s a bit of a spy privilege they have to be able to see your profile. Supposedly this only holds true for 30 days from when you send your friend request, but 30 days is plenty of time to browse through even the most active Facebook user to see enough of anybody and make some judgment calls on them.

If you’ve used Facebook enough, you have probably sent someone a friend request which they did not accept.

Or maybe you’ve sent it and then changed your mind.

But how do you “undo” it, if you will? How can you cancel that friend request? There is no “cancel”, “undo” or “retract” button.

No, there isn’t.

But what you can do is this.

Search the person in the Facebook search bar. As you’ve sent a friend request, Facebook should be smart enough to list that person high on your search list to make it easy to find. So even if it’s a John something or rather, Facebook should include the John you want amongst all the Johns you know.

Um, that didn’t sound very right, but you get the idea.

Select the person you want to view his/her profile.

Look down the left hand side of their profile that shows up and Click on Report/Block this Person.

From the pop-up menu, just Block them. You don’t need to report them. You might be tempted to if your ego is bruised by them not accepting your Friend Request, but play nice.

Now, you can leave them blocked. But you might also want to leave that window open in case they might like to maybe send a Friend Request to you… which you might want to accept? 🙂

However, I would recommend you Unblock them, by removing them off your Blocked List, to return things to the way they were before you sent that Friend Request you just retracted.

If you want to do this, then Click on Account in the upper right hand corner.

Choose Privacy Settings.

Click on Edit your lists under Block Lists (at middle bottom of your screen when this was written).

Click Unblock beside the name of the person you just blocked.

DONE!

And the world is beautiful once more. 🙂

If you want to ignore a Friend Request “nicely”…

What happens when someone sends you a Friend Request which you don’t want to accept but which it can be a bit awkward to ignore?

Well, there isn’t a completely effective way, but maybe try this “plea ignorance” or “blame technology” attempt before smacking reality into someone if they don’t get the hint.

Follow the same “call up their profile, then block and unblock routine” of the person whose friend request you want to ignore.

What that does is remove that Friend Request they put through. It’ll hint it to them a bit that the request disappeared, or it’ll make them try again, which will tell you they didn’t get the hint and that you need to either talk to them and smack a little reality into them, or Block them!

In the meanwhile, though, you can “play ignorant” if they ask you about it in person to say “what friend request”?

When they check your profile, they’ll see the “Add as a Friend” button present, suggesting maybe that request didn’t go through. Or whatever. One great thing about technology is that you can use it to blame all kinds of things

By the way, if someone ever asks you “did you accept my Facebook friend request?”, you might want to take that as a little sign of desperation for something or rather. Maybe they don’t want you, but just to up their Facebook friends tally. However, it seems a little desperate to me and I’d never ask anybody that.

Alas, now that I’ve shared this, I’ve lost a couple of more Facebook etiquette secrets… but it’s all good for humanity. 🙂

Other Facebook issue posts on my site:

The Prejudices and Privacy Perils of Facebook Quizzes

How to Get Rid of Your Facebook Past

25 Things For Facebook You Can’t Steal My ID With

25 Things You Gave on Facebook to Help Get Your ID Stolen

Una Guía de Netiqueta Práctica para Facebook

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(which is below Facebook policy’s age for having a Facebook account at 13 years old)

Sources of Inspiration Facebook Note

facebook notes for thinkersCopy the text between the dotted line as your note in Facebook, MySpace or other places. Put each of your answer on the line just below each prompt.

To make this an English as a Second / Foreign Language exercise, assign the note with some degree of explanation for each answer, whether a sentence, short paragraph or presentation.

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We are all inspired by others to some extent.

List a person or thing in the categories listed who inspires you, who lifts your spirits or who you admire. You may choose a few if it makes it easier for you since it isn’t always easy to choose one. You may also choose someone no longer living. However, challenge yourself to have an answer for each one because more sources of inspiration isn’t a bad thing in life, you know! If you absolutely don’t have an answer, though, you can write NONE. Your answers don’t have to be your best choice, just a choice that is true.

So put your CAPS LOCKS key ON to accentuate your answers and let’s get going!

 
1. Musician / band / singer

 
2. Natural object or event

 
3. Immediate family member

 
4. Animal

 
5. Athlete

 
6. Relative

 
7. Fictional character

 
8. Religious figure

 
9. Coworker / professional / entrepreneur

 
10. Actor / actress

 
11. Teacher of any sort at any level

 
12. Writer / poet

 
13. Someone who deserves more respect

 
14. Scientist / engineer / technology person

 
15. Politician / diplomat / ambassador

 
16. Book

 
17. Activist

 
18. Song

 
19. Someone you don’t like but respect

 
20. Friend

 
Say something on any or all of your choices, individually or as a group:

 

Please tag some friends to encourage them to try this note, along with anybody you mention who can be tagged. You may want to avoid using full names of people you know who are not famous because they may prefer it that way. Please include me in your tags because I want to know your sources of inspiration.

For more introspective Facebook notes like this, please see https://digitalcitizen.ca/facebook-notes/

 
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1. Musician / band / singer
BOB DYLAN

2. Natural object or event
SUNRISE

3. Immediate family member
WHOLE FAMILY

4. Animal
KILLER WHALE

5. Athlete
MICHAEL JORDAN

6. Relative
ENTIRE MOM’S SIDE OF THE FAMILY

7. Fictional character
LT. COMMANDER DATA ON STAR TREK

8. Religious figure
THE DALAI LAMA

9. Coworker / professional / entrepreneur
MY DOCTOR

10. Actor / actress
HUGH JACKMAN

11. Teacher of any sort at any level
DRS. T.S. CAMERON AND M.A. WHITE

12. Writer / poet
EMILY DICKINSON

13. Someone who deserves more respect
DAVE S. IN VANCOUVER

14. Scientist / engineer / technology person
STEPHEN HAWKING

15. Politician / diplomat / ambassador
BARACK OBAMA

16. Book
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

17. Activist
DAVID SUZUKI

18. Song
BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND

19. Someone you don’t like but respect
TOM BRADY

20. Friend
DENISE R.

Say something on any or all of your choices, individually or as a group:
This wasn’t hard for me as I find inspiration easily in life, whether people or things. I could have done this note with 10 names apiece. I could have done this with people I know only rather than some famous people and some I know. I live by the philosophy I can learn something from everyone I meet, hear of, read about, etc. Most of it is positive and that usually equates to inspiration. It’s a wonderful mindset to constantly be in. It’s only too bad that with so many choices, in doing this note quickly, I didn’t come up with some more interesting answers since some sources of inspiration are much more prominent than others.