"Hey, Rik, it's so-and-so..." it begins.
You, hesitate for a moment, then click "ignore."
This has happened to me a few times with old acquaintances: folks from my old church, high school, college and previous jobs. I routinely ignore them, because I feel just kind of awkward about it. I think to myself, why is this person contacting me now, and in this fashion? What do they want? Why aren't they emailing me?
When I have replied, I find myself having to describe over IM what I've been doing for the past ten years to someone I wasn't that close to to begin with. Often I find out that the person has had some life transition and wants to re-connect with people in their past life -- lost a job, a failed marriage, moved to a new city, etc. So I get drawn into some drama.
Is this akin to running into the person at the supermarket and having a quick conversation? Or someone showing up on your doorstep?
What do you think? And what do you do?