This guy has awesome friends, and he can prove it. But he needs your help.
Connecticut-based photographer Ty Morin is seeking out all 788 of his Facebook friends in real life. He recently launched a Kickstarter project called "Friend Request Accepted" to fund his journey, during which he plans to take snapshots of each of his friends "doing something they are passionate about" -- from weightlifting and tattoo artistry, to dancing and firefighting. He will also document the whole trip on video.
Despite the relatively large number of friends Morin has, he wrote on his Kickstarter page that he is not open to unfriending anyone for the sake of convenience:
While planning this project, people kept telling me to make it easier on myself and make a friend cut. Chances are, at least half of those 788 people, I've never even spoken to. However, don't you think cutting out all those friends would defeat the purpose of this project? The goal of this project is to reconnect with people. No more hiding behind the screen of social media. Stop looking down at your phone and pretending you're texting your BFF when you walk by an old friend from high school.
The money Morin raises will go toward the purchase of film, materials to develop the pictures and gas money. Though Morin's fundraising goal was $5,000, he has already raised $7,000 and still has 11 days left to collect more.
Another artist, Tanja Hollander, started a similar social media-themed endeavor in 2010, called the Facebook Portrait Project, in which she is -- you guessed it -- photographing all her Facebook friends.
Last year, road tripper Greg Mountenay also tried to see as many of his 1,200 Facebook friends as possible. According to Mountenay's blog, last updated in August, he managed to meet 300 of those friends in one month.
In 2011, a Chicago-area woman attempted to conquer her social anxiety by visiting all 325 of her Facebook friends in person. Over the course of a year, she ended up spending $30,000, traveling to 11 countries and managing to check 292 friends off her list.
(Hat tip, Gawker)
Clarification: Additional information about the Facebook Portrait Project has been added to this article to clarify that that project has been ongoing since 2010.
You'd think this would be a no-brainer, but, apparently, quite a few Facebook users have no problem adding strangers as friends. According to a study <a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2011/11/one-in-five-willing-to-make-facebook-friends-with-complete-strangers/" target="_hplink">released late last year</a>, about one in five users were willing to add a complete stranger as a friend on Facebook. If you'd really like to interact with people you don't actually know without exposing your personal information, consider adding <a href="https://www.facebook.com/about/subscribe" target="_hplink">Facebook's "Subscribe" button</a> to your Timeline; that way, you can let others view your public updates without having to add them as Facebook friends.
2. People Who Like To Friend Everyone
Probably not the best idea to friend those who you know like to add everyone they can as a friend on Facebook, including strangers. That can leave your personal information open for creeps to see, especially if your <a href="https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacy" target="_hplink">privacy settings</a> allow friends of friends to view certain info.
3. Your Loved One's Exes
Just plain awkward...Unless, of course, your current boyfriend or girlfriend is still really good friends with his or her ex and you have the will power to resist Facebook stalking them. But beware! Friending your loved one's ex may expose comments, pictures and more you'd rather not let them see.
4. Your Boss
Sure, everyone makes mistakes. But if you happen to post one of those "mistakes" on Facebook when you're friends with your boss, you may end up getting fired. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/26/fired-over-facebook-posts_n_659170.html#s115707&title=Swiss_Woman_Caught" target="_hplink">These 13 people</a>, for example, were fired for mistakes they made on Facebook, which included everything from writing the wrong thing to posting offensive pictures. In this case, it's probably better to be safe than sorry.
5. People Who Like To Advertise Everything
It's bad enough seeing PR-type posts from people and companies that we don't even follow <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/new-facebook-ads_n_1311154.html" target="_hplink">on our News Feeds</a>, so why exacerbate that problem by following those who like to advertise everything? Whether they're an actual public relations rep, a budding musician who posts way too many videos or one of those people whose statuses look like "I ate Trix for breakfast this morning, lol" we we suggest staying away from these types. Unless of course you like that kind of thing.
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