Neofriends: Why Have Them?
NEOMAIL - As we all know, everybody needs friends. But why have friends that you
can't even see and probably will never meet? I'll answer these questions and more
in this article, so read on.
Why have Neofriends?
People have Neofriends for many different reasons. Sometimes it's because
of the amount of trophies the person has, or their popularity on Neopets; sometimes
the person playing Neopets is a friend in real life too, and some people
have Neofriends because every day their friend gives them the pile of dung that
they've found that day while picking berries. Okay, so maybe that last reason
isn't a very good reason, but it was the only other reason I could come up with,
so don't stare at me like that.
What do you have to do to make Neofriends? That is a very good question, with
a pretty simple answer. It is said that to make friends, you have to be a good
friend. What that means is if you want a friend, don't give them a pile of dung
every day. *Looks through notes* Wait, sorry, that's not quite what I meant.
First of all, to get Neofriends you have to either ask somebody to be your
Neofriend, or wait until someone else ask you. In most cases, people will ask
you to be their Neofriend because of common interests, like say, you both have
cats, or maybe you collect piles of dung, er, dung furniture. Yeah, that's it.
Accepting and rejecting Neofriend requests
This topic is another easy one too, but this section is also the longest,
and in my book, the most important.
When another neopet player asks to be your Neofriend, you either choose yes
or no, by going to the Neofriend page--which is inside of the Neomail page--
and looking at the requests pending. But before you just go and accept all the
requests you get without thinking, consider them. Try and find out a bit more
about the person who wants to be your Neofriend. Maybe Neomail them and ask them
for their reason to become your Neofriend. Is it because of all your trophies?
Do you share the same hobbies? Are you both in the same guild? Have you chatted
before? You must ask these questions, or questions like them before you just
accept. Otherwise, you'll end up with 100 Neofriends that you never talk to,
and you won't even know who they are or how you met them. Then you'll have to
go through every so often and delete them, and do you know what's harder than
rejecting those requests? It's deleting the Neofriends you already have. Trust
me, I've deleted a few of the Neofriends I never talk to, and it's harder than
to simply find out about the person and rejecting their request in the end.
I know that sometimes rejecting Neofriend requests can be hard, and make you
feel mean or bad, like a big old grouch, but sometimes it just has to be done.
I mean, you can't accept all the Neofriend requests you get, can you? Okay,
so maybe some of you can, but if you even get just 1 request a day, it adds
up. Think about it. If you've been playing Neopets for 2 months, and you get
on average 1 Neofriend request per day and you accept them all, you'll have
60 Neofriends in no time. And will you have time to Neomail ALL your friends
every few days to see how they're doing? Not unless you have lots of time on
Also, I've noticed that quite a few people--mostly guild leaders, and people
in the high scores of the flash games--have a note on their user lookup saying
something like this: Feel free to Neomail me, but I'm not excepting any more
Neofriend requests unless you have a good reason to become my friend. It makes
life easier for all of us if you just respect their note, and don't bog them
down with a request every day--if they didn't accept the first time, chances
are that they won't accept the second or third time you ask them.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying to never accept any requests, or just
delete requests without even telling that person why you're deleting them; take
some time in getting to know the person requesting to be your friend. You won't
be acting lazy if you don't accept or reject right away. Take a few days considering
it, so you know for sure if they'll be a good friend or not. But, if you're
going to delete the request, the least you could do is Neomail the person and
tell them why you won't accept. At least show some common courtesy. Maybe the
reason you won't accept is because you have too much dung, and they want to
give you some? Um, let's move onto the next section now.
Asking to be somebody's Neofriend
This is simple too. To ask to become somebody's Neofriend, just go to their
user lookup and add them to your Neofriend list. Now hold on one minute, aren't
I forgetting something? Well, like I said earlier, if you want a good Neofriend,
you need to find out about them, right? So, before you just request to be their
Neofriend, Neomail them! It's not that hard. Just send them a little note saying
you want to be their Neofriend and why. If they write back, continue responding
for a few days, and it they keep responding to you too, then send them a request
to become Neofriends. If they accept, congratulations! If not, you could feel
a bit upset, or even angry, but DO NOT start writing nasty notes--that could
very well get you frozen. If you feel they've rejected your request because
of something you said, ask them, and apologize. Remember: Even if they don't
want to be your Neofriend, they'll probably still want to chat with you occasionally.
Giving and receiving stuff
Now, as of a few days ago, I know you can give things to people other than
your Neofriends, but this part is directed towards Neofriend giving and receiving.
The receiving part, now that is a piece of cake. (Or shall I say a piece of
dung?) When a Neofriend gives you an item, you'll get a message saying something
like this: So_and_so has given you a piece of dung. Of course, they could give
you anything--fortunately it's not limited to dung. When you do get something
from a Neofriend, be sure to thank them. They will appreciate it.
Okay, for the harder part of this section... giving. This can be a little
harder than receiving, but it gives you a good feeling. First, find out when
your Neofriends birthdays are. Then, on their special day, give them something
nice. It doesn't have to be expensive-I'm not saying to go buy a paint brush
for all your Neofriends birthdays, although, you could if you really wanted
to--but at least make it nice-looking. And, you don't have to stick with only
birthdays. If a friend needs help with a Faerie quest, and can't look on the
shop wizard, give them a hand. If the item is really expensive, just tell them
the names of a few shops that have the wanted item. If it's cheap, or you're
in a good mood, you might just want to buy the item for your Neofriend and give
it to them. They'll thank you, and you'll feel like you've helped somebody.
Okay, my article is done now, so if you've read this far, you can go and give
your Neofriend a pile of dung, and maybe they'll thank you. *Giggles in the
Authors note: I know I went on and on about how to get Neofriends, but
that doesn't mean I'll be accepting tons of requests due to this article, if
it even gets published. I WILL stick to what I said, and at least ask why you
want to be my Neofriend But, DO Neomail me and tell me what you thought about
my first article ever!
Oh, one more thing; forget everything I said about the dung. Your Neofriend
won't really appreciate it (or, at least I don't think they will), it was just
something I said to add a bit of humor. And definitely don't give me any dung!
It'll soil my pretty smelling shop, since that's where it would go if it was
given to me.:)