Facebook offers me irritating little choices, almost every day. I have a system for dealing with them.
Friend Requests · If I know you, sure thing, unless I really dislike you. If you work for Sun and we’ve ever interacted at all, that’s good enough. If I don’t recognize the name or the face, I do a big search through all my email to see if I’ve ever heard from you. If not, then not. If so, then I decide whether we actually had a friendly interaction, in which case yes, or you just sent me a note about about something, in which case no, unless either the subject or the note itself was really cool.
Applications · I’m forever getting prompted to “answer a question” or some other thing that involves adopting a Facebook Application. Nope; my experience with FB apps has been sufficiently miserable that if you want me to load one, you need to send a personal you-to-Tim note explaining what this thing does and why it’s worthwhile.