November 17: Facebook "National Unfriend Day"

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by UMBS Go Blue, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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    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 - November 3
    Follow-up - November 4
    How to unfriend - November 9

    Article with useful reminder about creating friend "lists" 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. ;)
     
  2. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  3. UMBS Go Blue

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    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:
     
  4. Wyliefan

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    I don't particularly care what Jimmy Kimmel thinks of my friending tendencies. :) To each his own.
     
  5. Artemis@BC

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    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!
     
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  7. genevieve

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    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.