While recent years have trained me--have trained all of us--to accept and reciprocate all friend requests, to follow back anyone who follows, trained us in this I-just-met-you-at-a-party-better-find-you-on-the-social-web behaviour, etc... I think that behaviour is bullshit. It's part of why we get inundated and, eventually, overwhelmed by the social web. Popular networks have turned being "social" into a game: we keep score, track players, receive rewards in the form of perceived validation for our existence. And I'm so tired of playing that game. I'd much rather have a conversation... with the people I actually want to have a conversation with. Yet even Ello seems to have an all-inclusive bent to it, where anyone who follows you can see and interact with your posts, whether you're interested in interacting with them or not. I was never one for LiveJournal, but in this current state of No Privacy Ever... I can see the appeal of being able to lock down and peer through the blinds at anyone passing by.