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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cleaning (virtual) house

I should be cleaning real house, but virtual cleaning is easier and doesn't make me sweat. One of my Facebook friends mentioned that she pared down her list of Facebook friends. It's never occurred to me to do that.

I currently have 538 Facebook friends. Some of them are people I see regularly -- people from church or work or the kids' school. Others are friends from college and high school. A few are Mike's friends from high school who happen to like me too.

In the couple of years I've been on Facebook, I don't think I've ever unfriended anyone. Mostly because I don't want anyone's feelings to get hurt, though the reality is that they would probably never even notice. The chances are pretty good that I have been unfriended and have remained clueless about it. I have "hidden" a few people so, while they remain my friend, I don't see their updates.

Sitting here, I can think of a couple of people I might consider weeding from my Facebook friends list. Of course, I probably can't remember most of who those 538 people are. Is it time to clean my Facebook house?

It feels kind of like when the volume of catalogs delivered by the mail lady or the number of e-mail advertisements in my in-box gets too overwhelming, I go and unsubscribe from a bunch of stuff.

Is there a Facebook friend threshhold? If I pared down my list of friends, would I simultaneously be cutting back on my Facebook time, too?

If you Facebook, have you ever gone in and cleaned up your list? Was there any fall out? Did you feel better after you did it?

(And if you do Facebook, have you "liked" the 4th Frog fan page yet?! Sorry, blatant self-promotion there.)


kimybeee said...

just remember that if you do clean up people you don't "know", you may be getting rid of me - boo hoo!

i like having you as a fb friend cause i can see when you have updated and it is so much easier to comment on fb.

Amy said...

@Kimybee - I won't get rid of you! I'm talking more about the people who are never on Facebook or who post stuff that just riles me. You're safe.

Joanie said...

The maximum is 5000 friends.

I actually only have a few who I don't know.

Ange said...

I only ever did it once with a lady I'd never met who seemed to follow me around on Friends for Sale. But she hunted me down and sent me another friend request with a personal message about not having heard from me for so long. I added her again with some lame excuse about "Gee, I don't know how that happened" and have been too scared to do it since. Good luck!

Beth said...

cleaning up once in a while is a must. Or at least blocking the feed.