Q: A coworker who’s known as the office gossip has friended you on Facebook. Is it OK to ignore her request?
A: Totally OK. Ignoring a Facebook request is no big deal (nor is it rude). While you have no obligation to join her in Facebook Land, a sincere, gracious refusal would be thoughtful. Shed some light on your reasons for turning down her request, based on your circumstances: “I’m glad we can visit at work, but Facebook is where I keep in touch with family and longtime friends. Thanks for thinking of me, though!”