social networking thought

Recently I’ve been feeling like my facebook friends list is a little bloated. Granted, I only ever accept friend requests from people I’ve met face to face, but many of those interactions are short-term. I feel like I would rather have facebook be a place for people I’m well connected with.

However, thinking about ‘un-friend-ing’ people seems a little harsh. Which leads me to my main thought: It is way easier to Ignore a friend request, than to disengage the friend later. That might be something you want to keep in mind when you get friend requests. Facebook friends get a lot of access to your life that you may not be thinking through each time you click that Accept button.

July 28, 2009 at 11:34 am

Do people know when you “unfriend” them?  I’m thinking that a lot of people that I’m currently friends with wouldn’t ever notice if I unfriended them.

Chris, July 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm

FB doesn’t send someone a message when you unfriend them, but it could be awkward when fb “suggests” you to them as a new friend after you have previously accepted them… eventually they figure out you deleted them :)

Christine, July 28, 2009 at 12:26 pm

That is correct, they don’t get a message. But at the same time, I would count on them noticing at some point which could be awkward.

Chuck, July 28, 2009 at 12:33 pm

well, many people are just awkward anyways. A short awkward moment hurts less than disengage a “facebook friendship” that’s been established for a long while.

Andrew Chiu, July 28, 2009 at 1:28 pm

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