Be honest: How many of your Facebook friends do you actually know? Now be more honest: How many of your Facebook friends do you want to actually know? That's what I thought. Not saying you want to run for the hills from any and all of your Facebook buddies, but odds are, seeing some of your "friends" in real life is something you could do without. Something that most likely would be just plain awkward. But one dude doesn't care. He's on a mission to meet his Facebook friends -- all 788 of them.
Photographer Ty Morin recently launched a Kickstarter campaign called "Friend Request Accepted" in which he plans on documenting his journey in meeting all of his Facebook friends, and taking a snapshot of each "doing something they're really passionate about". And despite 788 being an incredibly large number of people to meet with, Ty isn't willing to budge. He wrote on his Kickstarter page:
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.
Would I want to have a one-on-one meeting with all of my Facebook friends? Hell no. But that says something, doesn't it? I think it's admirable of Ty to go forward with something so daunting (and something that will probably be awkward at times). Because I mean, seriously: If you don't want to meet every single one of your Facebook friends in person, why are you "friends" with them at all?
Image via Kickstarter