Collecting Friends on facebook seems like a fun thing to do at first, and a way of competing with other Friends to see who can make the most Friends. But facebook Friends are not the same as real friends, and you really want to work on real friendships in real life and not imaginary friendships on facebook. So, chances are, you have far more facebook Friends than you need. Here’s a guide to getting rid of the least useful of them.
- People you thought you knew. These are people who popped up on the “people you may know” column in Facebook and you clicked on them because maybe you had forgotten who they were. Or maybe their name looked like the name of someone you actually knew. Now you know they were nobody you knew, off them.
- People you friended because you thought they might broaden your outlook. These are the Republicans you hooked up with because you thought they might be interesting. They aren’t.
- Former classmates. If you weren’t friends with them then, you probably won’t be friends with them now.
- Distant relatives. Unless you actually know them, you’re better off keeping track of them in an address book or Christmas card list rather than in facebook.
- People from past jobs. Networking is not what it used to be, and people who are still with the company you left five years ago aren’t going to be much help to you now. Dump people you haven’t heard from in real life in the last six to twelve months.
- People who you thought might be interesting or exciting to know, like that hottie in shades, but turned out to be duds.
- “Sharers” whose mission in life is to hang out on quote sites or meme sites or cat sites or “quirky news” sites, and compulsively share things that are basically just noise. You may have Friends who share truly amazing finds. Keep these treasures, and toss the rest.
- Lurkers who never post anything, and never even click Like. They may very well be dead. Really.