View Full Version : November 17: Facebook "National Unfriend Day"

UMBS Go Blue
11-17-2010, 04:55 PM
Jimmy Kimmel went on a tirade about excessive Facebook friends a few weeks ago, and it's attracted lots of well-deserved publicity.

Original tirade (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc5bbz5SB7M) - November 3
Follow-up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IaZE8d1PK8) - November 4
How to unfriend (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9J3YyCKwzw) - November 9

Article with useful reminder about creating friend "lists" (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2010/11/facebook_unfriend_day_jimmy_ki.html) to control what info you share to certain groups of people

As for people with endless game announcements, I've ignored their game posts, and as for people with non-value-added posts ("cooking dinner haha") I've ignored their posts entirely. And I haven't been afraid to unfriend people whose posts are endlessly depressing, depressed, and/or outright annoying. ;)

In one case, an intern at work friended me, which meant I could see all of her beach bikini photos from the prior weekend. Now that was TMI and warranted immediate unfriending... haven't friended anyone who is a current colleague ever since. ;)

It remains to be seen how many people are actually unfriended as a result of this. ;)

11-17-2010, 05:02 PM
I saw that Jimmy Kimmel segment last night. It was funny! Loved the song with Darius Rucker and that other guy! :)

That said, I generally prefer to ignore people rather than un-friend them. Un-friending just seems so... final. Like, once you un-friend them, it would be weird to re-friend them later. And I never friend co-workers for the reason you note above. Also, I don't want any of them knowing what goes on in my personal life. It's nothing scandalous, but still it's none of their damn business! (I once ran into a law firm partner at LAX on my way back from vacation with my then-boyfriend. It was awkward and annoying to have to make introductions. As George Costanza would say, worlds were colliding! So yeah, coworkers on Facebook... hell no!)

I'm pretty careful about what I post on Facebook. No embarrassing photos, no complaining about work, nothing too TMI.

UMBS Go Blue
11-17-2010, 05:24 PM
I've pruned 5 sketchy people I barely knew from high school (never even shared one class with, ever). There, I feel like I've accomplished something today. :cheer2:

11-17-2010, 05:32 PM
I don't particularly care what Jimmy Kimmel thinks of my friending tendencies. :) To each his own.

11-17-2010, 05:34 PM
I agree with the idea ... but I'm definitely not the target here. All my Facebook friends are actual, well, friends.

But I do know a lot of people who could benefit from an unfriend day!

11-17-2010, 06:18 PM
Goodbye, BYTCH!

11-17-2010, 06:28 PM
I have two current coworkers on FB, but I never mention work on FB other than an occasional "it's Monday, boo to going to work!" and I don't list my employer. I do have some friend lists that hide some albums from some people - but I find it annoying to remember who can see what. I just don't post any scandalous photos :P

There are a couple of people I should probably prune - one is someone I don't know at all whose posts are so annoying I hid them (she is in a larger community I know) and some old old old friends who never even use FB so why bother. Perhaps this will motivate me to get rid of them.