When you confirm a friend on facebook, you are asked to state how you know the person. But the options are simply too narrow. “We hooked up” is rarely an appropriate way to describe someone you know through blogging, networking, etc. In fact, most of the options are not really useful for the millions of non-college student adults flooding into the service. It’s time to add more options.
There are fourteen options to choose from (see image above), but I’ve never found a single one that describes any of my friendships appropriately. Dave Winer suggests a number of new choices, including “delighted by” and “fantasizes about”.
I think there should be a box where free text can be added. And choices should include adult-friendly options like “met at conference” or “investor.”
What do you think? What options would you choose?