My friend and I joke that Myspace, Facebook and their ilk are really what amount to “Sanctioned online stalking”. I’m now convinced that Facebook, in a way, really does encourage this, at least in terms of making initial contact.
See, al of these social sites allow you to make “Friend Requests” (I’ll leave out the argument about whether you can call thousands of people on your list that you never actually talk to “friends”), and they allow you to send a message to people besides. The problem with Facebook is that the message has a very low character limit. On one hand, I understand this to an extent, as it prevents people from writing pages-long love letters to people they’ve barely met. On the other hand, though, it also prevents you from saying anything more than “Oh hey I went to high school with you remember me?” to people that you knew in high school (Or college) and are curious to know what they’re up to. Again, some could see this as a good thing, but I think it’s possible to have this curiosity without being a shady creep, and it’s sort of frustrating.