Most if not all of you are friends with me on Facebook so this may be boring for you. My friend list recently exceeded 300 people and I decided that it was time to trim it a little bit. There was an explosion of people added in the year leading up to my 20th high school reunion and since then things have calmed down a bit. Out of those 300+ people there were maybe one or two that I couldn't really place despite my best yearbook scanning efforts. I suspect this is because their name has been changed but they didn't think to include their original handle anywhere in their profile. Not fair. Deleted. Next I moved on to the folks that only seem to have anything to say when they wanted to promote their pyramid scheme/sell crap from the comfort of your own home business. Don't get me wrong, I think social media is an excellent resource for the promotion of small business and if I sold crap from the comfort of my own home I'm sure I'd use it. The people I deleted didn't seem interested in using it for any other purpose, however. Gone. The rest of the folks that I got rid of were people that just didn't seem to be on Facebook ever or if they are they just look. I figure if they're never logged in then they don't care if I drop them and if they're creepy voyeurs then it's good riddance there too.
Before I did all this (actually the process is ongoing) I posted a status explaining what I was going to do. This way if I delete someone with whom I have had little interaction they might have seen my status and will know it wasn't personal and can re-request me if they'd like. I figured I'd get some comments from people saying that they were thinking of doing the same thing. What I did not expect was the flood of comments from people asking me not to delete them. I apologize if I caused anyone to panic. Seriously, the people I deleted probably have no idea they've been deleted because they don't seem to be on FB at all anyway. One thing this outpouring has cause is that I will now be extra-paranoid about my statuses and whether they are boring or not. No pressure.
Having said all that, I would encourage people to take a good hard look at what information they have out there and to whom it is visible. Those of you with kids, especially.