“Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success.” – Paul J. Meyer, Founded Success Motivation Institute in 1960
If you really are seeking to connect with new and existing friends on Facebook and other personal media outlets, consider only accepting those types of requests, and instead, for business connections or people you have met at/through work, redirect the requests to either a Facebook business page or LinkedIn since these are designed for business interactions. The verbiage I use in a private message to the requester is below, and over the past year, this has proven to be professional and well-received...and it can be for you, too:
Here's hoping all is well!
Thank you for the friend request. Since I primarily connect with family and friends to share personal thoughts and multiple photos of events, you may not want to see all of that...
Instead, you may want to "like" my business page, where I post weekday "Lundbergisms" for inspiration and consideration. The link is https://www.facebook.com/PresentingPowerfullyByDebbieLundberg. Also, if you are on LinkedIn, we can connect there at http://www.linkedin.com/in/DebbieLundberg.
Thanks again, and best to you,
Feel free to use or tweak as you deem fit, and best wishes growing your real friend base as well as your professional connections!