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February 27th, 2009
11:00 AM ET

Confessions of a Facebook social climber

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
Wall Street Journal

I recently became friends with Charlie Sheen - but not exactly. It's a little complicated. You see, I've spent the past three months moving up the Facebook social ladder, "friending" more and more important people every day.

My online social aspirations evolved shortly after publishing a piece in this newspaper supporting George W. Bush. My real-life friend Charlotte Wilcher told me that the president's nephew, Pierce Bush, had posted my article on his Facebook profile. Charlotte was a Georgetown alumnus who had a friend who knew Pierce, who was also a Georgetown alumnus.

I sent Pierce a Facebook message, and offered to take him out for a beer at a famous little Georgetown Irish Pub where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie in 1953, and where the CIA used to make sneaky little information exchanges. Pierce told me that he was now living in Texas, but he instantly sent me a friend request. I couldn't believe it - I was now friends with a member of the Bush family thanks to Facebook.

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  1. Maria

    @ Mariah from Texas, Lucky you

    February 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  2. NevaF

    That's great, your first comment completely misses the point of your story. Do you ever wonder if you're whistling into the wind? Hilarious piece! Thanks!

    February 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  3. GF, Los Angeles

    LOL I'm still laughing about the Charlie Sheen thing! If people honestly believe they're "friends" with a celebrity on these social sites – think again. They're more than likely a sham profile just like the sham friendship created.

    February 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  4. Mariah from Texas

    I want to be friends with the most handsome Anchor on Cnn- Anderson Cooper!

    February 27, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  5. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Dear Mr. Shapiro: So you are saying all you have to do is to fill out a friend request-–and they accept they are your friends--first-I would advise you to look up the definition of "friend" in the dictionary--and second-if friendship could be attained by just filling out a request form--what a plastic world this would be-–I almost feel sympathy for you.

    February 27, 2009 at 12:34 pm |

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