How to See Sent Friend Requests on Facebook (2023 Guide for Small Business Owners)

As a fellow small business owner, I know how important it is to nurture relationships and build community on Facebook. With over 2.91 billion monthly active users, Facebook offers invaluable marketing and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. But it can be tricky to keep track of your networking efforts on the platform.

This comprehensive guide will teach you how to see sent friend requests on both mobile and desktop, so you can manage your Facebook presence more effectively.

Why Viewing Sent Requests Matters

Being able to view sent friend requests allows you to:

  • Track your outreach efforts: Instead of sending requests blindly, you can see who you’ve contacted and follow up appropriately.
  • Maintain your network: Cancel requests if connections aren’t relevant anymore. Resend requests to those you still want to connect with.
  • Monitor engagement: Seeing accepted requests means your network is growing. Unanswered requests may indicate inactive accounts.

According to Sprout Social, 68% of marketers say Facebook is critical or important to their business. So optimizing your Facebook presence is a valuable investment.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here are detailed steps for both mobile and desktop:

On Mobile:

  1. Open the Facebook app and tap the "Friends" tab on the bottom.
  2. Tap "Requests" or "See All" if you don‘t see Requests.
  3. Tap the 3-dot menu icon in the top right corner.
  4. Select "View Sent Requests" to see your full list.

On Desktop:

  1. Click the messenger icon (top right).
  2. Select "Friend Requests" from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click "View Sent Requests" in the left sidebar.

Once you’ve accessed your sent requests, you can cancel, resend or search for specific connections.

Pro Tip: Resend Expired Requests

If you notice certain requests have expired, don’t hesitate to resend a new request. According to Social Media Today, the average Facebook acceptance rate for friend requests is 37%.

So if someone didn’t initially respond, give it another try. Nurturing relationships takes persistence!

When Requests Disappear

Remember, if the recipient deactivated their Facebook account, your sent request will disappear. And if they deleted their account entirely, your request will be permanently deleted as well.

Why This Matters for Small Business Owners

Taking the time to manage your Facebook requests demonstrates professionalism and relationship-building skills.

As a 2021 report by Falcon reveals, 68% of consumers say social media posts from small business owners help them make purchasing decisions.

So thoughtfully growing your Facebook network will keep you top of mind when potential customers are ready to buy. Don‘t underestimate the power of connections!

I hope this guide gives you a better handle on tracking your Facebook outreach. Let me know if you have any other questions about strategically managing your presence on the platform. I’m always happy to help fellow small business owners strengthen their marketing efforts.