I recently reconnected with Jim, a high school acquaintance who joined my church. (His dad is a long-time member.) I friended him on Facebook months ago. Every once in a while, we'll like each other's statuses, but we don't chat or PM or anything like that. A week ago, I noticed that I got a PM from Jim which sounded suspiciously like spam. (It was one of those "Would you spend two minutes watching a youtube video if it would change your life?" spiels.) Plus, it broke with our usual Facebook interactions.
Thinking that Jim's account had been compromised, I mentioned it when I saw him at church on Sunday, asking, "Hey, did your account get hacked? I got what looked like spam in a PM from you." He said, "Huh, I don't think so, but I'll look into it." And of course, yesterday, I get another PM from him saying, "No, I haven't been hacked, but I'd really like you to look at this video. Blahblahblah, bad MLM sales pitch."
Now, I'm a little embarrassed that I inadvertently called his "business plan" spam. But, it was an honest reaction, and I have no interest in this "life-changing" product. I won't apologize for my reaction, but I am wondering if I should follow up with a no-thanks, or should I let my original, "Hey, this is spam." reaction stand as my no?
FTR: If Jim persists with sending me these messages, I'm willing to unfriend him, because no acquaintanceship is worth being hassled in my inbox.