Why do people befriend other people on Goodreads? I can imagine only a couple of reasons.
- They like the same kind of books and therefore want to know what those people are up to reading wise.
- They know the other person through book blogging or personally and want to keep in touch, like a bookish Facebook.
- If there is another reason – and there might be –, I would expect the “befriender” to send a short message to the “befriendee” why they want to be friends. Why would I approve a friendship with someone I have never heard of before and who has no books in common with me?
- Recently I received a number of friend requests from people who have about 20 books in their “read books” list, none “to read” and who had about 315 friends (or many more). Needless to say a quick book compare showed that we had none in common, not one. Why, oh why, would I want to be friends with a Goodreads whore?