I admit to being more than a little bored with the whole social media thing, especially Facebook. I’ve got a couple hundred friends, some of whom I actually know. Friend friends are mixed in with work acquaintances and colleagues, journalists I’ve worked with, a couple of politicians, some high-school chums, a few college buddies, former girlfriends and a smattering of miscellaneous somebodies.

But it’s getting harder to make new friends. I get the occasional friend request from out of the blue, usually someone I don’t know but share several dozen friends with. I look through Facebook’s massive list of suggested friends, but find few people I know and ever fewer I’d want to friend in the seemingly endless parade of faces, half faces, avatars and offbeat poses, places or positions that folks like to use to express their innermost self on Facebook.

Which gave me an idea that might spice up my online life. I decided to start doing Facebook theme weeks to add new friends. Here are a few that came to mind:

  • Blondes
  • Guys with beards
  • People with funny names
  • People wearing funny hats
  • People who use animals as their avatars
  • People who use cartoons as their avatars
  • Chefs
  • Bald guys
  • Women who focus their photo on their breasts
  • People wearing winter clothes
  • People drinking
  • People of color
  • People who wear glasses
  • Redheads
  • People who use a photo with more than one person in it so you can’t tell which one they are
  • This, I believe, is a good start and will get me through the next couple of months, at least. For a change, I’m actually looking forward to making new friends on Facebook.

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