Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pruning the Facebook Weed

I love Facebook. I truly do. It's enabled me to stay in touch with friends I haven't seen in years, it let's me see what's on their minds, what they're up to and what they're excited (or depressed, depending on the friend) about.

It is all that and a bowl of applesauce. However, it feels like it is just out of hand. Now I'm no Facebook All-Star. At my highest I had about 290 "friends" listed. Granted, I only spoke with about 50 of those, and probably only 10 on a regular basis. Most people I had just ended up hiding from my newsfeed anyway.

Which brings me to my main point: what is the purpose of Facebook when your numbers get that high? I look at people with 600+ friends and wonder why they do it and how. I just went through and "un-friended" approximately 100 people. Why? Because it just seems stupid to me. I was adding "friends" only to make the number go up. There was no desire to stay in touch, no fervent hope to rekindle old friendships. Just wanted to have another notch in my platonic bedpost. Now I have a modest 200-ish and wish I could cut it down even more. There are people on that I never interact with and really have no desire to do so and the only reason they're staying there is because I know it will be a bigger hassle than it's worth.

During this latest stage of the ongoing Facebook purge, I also went through and changed the majority of my privacy settings. I was surprised by how much I had unwittingly left open to the public. Granted, it was mostly my photos (available to "everyone" to see? Eek!) and also a few other sections -who knew the default was for any of your networks to see your information? Ouch. Anyway, it's done. I've still got a number of lists set-up to manage privacy and control what select groups can see, but it will be so much simpler now.

On that note, I'm headed out. Happy (almost) Friday!
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