I got caught up in the madness and excited when the first day I signed up on Facebook I got twenty friends in my first exploration of the site. The requests started coming fast and furious. Next thing you know, I’m getting requests from all over the place – friends née acquaintances four times removed.
While there were some delights in this torrent of “friends” (like the woman who went to elementary school with me), it truly got out of hand. So I said:
and began to “defriend” people and regularly scan my list to remove people who:
- I just don’t know that well.
- I know but don’t care for them to have updates about my life.
- Have been inactive.
- Are out-of-sync with my lifestyle.
- Send too much junk (i.e., ghetto snacks, Mafia wars, cyber hugs, the latest quiz – what kind of pet are you, etc.)
Just because I’ve met you and you’ve met me, doesn’t mean we’re friends.
Just because we know lots of the same people, doesn’t mean we’re friends.
Recently, I found out from my stepdaughter that there’s a website you can go to find out when someone de friends you on Facebook:
When she put this message on her Facebook page, it made me laugh-out-loud! Oh, well.
9I do want to apologize to the one person I accidentally de-friended in my zeal to trim my FB list. Perhaps I’ll send him an email.)
Don’t think for one minute that I don’t think I’ve been de-friended. I’m sure I have. I just don’t care to check and find out.
“Friends, how many of us have them?”
If you liked this post, perhaps you’ll like this other post on friendship I wrote, Year of the Friends.