I was under this vague impression that if somebody “friends” you on Facebook they’re stating a willingness to converse a tiny bit. In a sort of tappity-tap-tap way, I mean. You send them a note and they write back, etc. But apparently not. I sent a friend request to an ex-girlfriend a while back and she accepted — cool. But that was it. I’ve followed up a couple of times, and Ingmar Bergman‘s The Silence has nothing on her. Same deal with a marketing exec for a major distributor. She accepted, I wrote back…zip. Facebook is nothing. It’s contact without contact. It’s about nominal acknowledgement, if that.