Only once a year? I go through my list, probably once every other month. But I’m a chronic deleter.
Friends, Until I Delete You
Mr. Atwan, a recent graduate of Harvard (where Facebook got its start), recommends culling your friend list once a year to remove total strangers and other hangers-on. Keeping your numbers down gives you more leeway to be selective about whom you approve in the first place, he said.
Facebook, which now has more than 150 million members, has clearly been built on the back of the culture of oversharing. Many members broadcast the mundane details of their lives through a “status update” feature, which lets people — nay, encourages them — to describe the contents of their lunch or the virulence of their bronchitis.
I have been worrying about this recently. I do post many status updates and wonder if I should use Twitter more for the constant one-liners. But as some of my Facebook followers, friends, said they don’t follow me on Twitter, so?
Even in this environment, however, deleting friends does not generate a notification of any sort, leaving members to discover they’ve been unfriended only when they find they no longer have access to someone’s profile. It can be a jarring experience, especially considering that the person who dumped you at some point either requested you as a friend or accepted your request (on Facebook, that is how friends are made). But members understand that such selective discretion is critical to the social-networking ecosystem.
And here’s another article found in Gawker.
If You Have No Friends, Blame Your Parents
The way the world works, you are either cool and have 600 Facebook friends, or you are worthless and only have 40. But it’s not your fault. Science says it’s genetic.