Keep your (real) friends close

This probably doesn’t surprise very many people, but I’m a big proponent of the “Facebook Friend Purge” (FFP).

For those of you less technologically inclined (dad), the FFP can be defined as follows:

Facebook Friend Purge (fās-boŏk frend perj) noun.: the act of unfriending any and all Facebook “friends” you have lost touch with, no longer like, or any whose friend request you only accepted to be polite for the requisite month of time.

It’s not that I’m a cold-hearted person, in fact, quite the opposite. I believe the FFP is a way of showing those whom I am close friends with how much they mean to me. They are my actual friends. The fewer friends I have, the more their posts/photos/profile changes will show up in my mini-feed/recently posted albums/recently updated friends pages.

Of course, there are always people with whom you are not really friends, but they lead lives that are just so darn interesting/alarming/intrinsically different from your own that you simply can’t part ways as Facebook friends. This is normal and not to be judged.

What I’m saying is, if you suddenly find yourself no longer Facebook friends with me, think about it. I mean, really think. I think you’ll have to admit that you haven’t really lost anything. And perhaps you’ll be inspired to take a little FFP of your own. Because after all…

Life lesson #157: A FB friend purge never (really) hurt anyone.

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4 thoughts on “Keep your (real) friends close

  1. I’m so glad I saw this is MY mini feed among all those people I am tempted to purge 🙂 But I really cave to those “interesting” people!

  2. Second to last paragraph *cough* Jason Fry *cough*. You make an interesting point though. I’ve never thought about it that way. I always thought of Facebook as a collection of people you’ve met over the course of your life, whether you’re currently in touch or not. I never friend anyone I don’t know, but I will friend and keep most accquaintances (sorry if my spelling is bad there). But you’re right, the functions of Facebook are more effective post FFP.

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