Ian_Anderson Posted September 5, 2013 When I first joined gays.com, I used to be quite selective about my "friends". My response to unsolicited friend requests was generally "Why on Earth would you want to be on my friend list when we've never even spoken?"... It took me a while to realise that some people just decide from viewing my profile that they'd like to be my friend... (Poor deluded souls!) These days, I just tend to accept requests automatically, almost without looking at them. I've noticed, however, that there seem to be an awful lot of what I call "Friend Collectors" here. They seem to spend most of their time adding new contacts to their friend lists, never to contact them again. They don't respond to "shoutouts", never comment in the discussion groups, rarely respond to private messages and don't even update their status. They seem to just sit there day after day making hundreds of friend requests and never doing anything else. Can someone please tell me what pleasure or advantage is gained from this? Is it just a "My friend list is bigger than your friend list" thing, or is there something more to it?