Stalking is how we keep in touch these days. And I mean in the online sense, not all Disturbia-like. Oftentimes it seems the best way to ensure you keep in touch with friends is to provide multiple ways you can be stalked, and vice versa. Become friends on Facebook, connect on LinkedIn, follow each other on Twitter, chat on Skype, subscribe to each others' blogs, and on and on.
Personally, I like to stalk to size people up that I haven't met yet. You know, the ones you work with but only know them by name or by their phone voice. Don't you ever get curious about what they look like? Where they used to work? Where they went to college? How much experience they have? Hm, you ask yourself, I wonder if I'll like them if I actually met them, or do I just want to keep this relationship to the email/phone level?
It can actually be helpful, too. As a PR Working Girl, I deal with a lot of reporters and industry analysts. Unfortunatley, I never get to actually meet any of them face-to-face, so stalking it is. For example, if their profile picture shows an older man with glasses and stern smile, I figure, "Ah-hah, he's the serious type. I better not mess with him and try anything witty, probably should just get to the point with my pitch. Oh, and definitely no smiley faces." Not that smiley faces really belong in PR pitches in the first place .... unless you're pitching Teeney Bopper USA or something.
Ever thought about what kind of message you're sending to YOUR stalkers?